Bill Polian thought the Indianapolis Colts needed a simpler defense. Jim Mora believed the Colts needed to get better players, not fire defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
So, the Colts made a choice on Tuesday. They fired Mora.
"My feeling was that we needed a change in defensive approach," Polian said. "Not because Vic isn't a good coach. He is. Not because his system is not good. It is. I just think with the young players we have, we need a different approach."
Mora could have kept his job, if he'd agreed to fire Fangio and agreed to work within certain conditions. But he refused, even though Fangio told Mora not to worry and Mora said Fangio had been offered the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator job.
Hooisers tab DiNardo
Like the many coaches before him, Gerry DiNardo comes to Indiana confident he can turn a perennially dismal football program into a winner.
The school's long list of failed and fired coaches is evidence it won't be easy. But DiNardo, who previously coached at LSU and Vanderbilt, isn't one to look back.
"I'm responsible for what takes place from this moment on. I don't know that I can speak to the past," DiNardo said at a news conference at Memorial Stadium announcing his hiring Tuesday.
"I do know this: One of the things we control as football coaches is our personnel, our staff and our players," he said. "That's enough control for me to believe we can be successful."
Gators grab Zook
Ron Zook turned out to be just the kind of friend Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was looking for.
He was the kind of friend who would accept Foley's job offer, and take on the daunting challenge of replacing Steve Spurrier.
Zook, who spent the last two years as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, will be introduced as Florida's 20th head coach Wednesday, Saints coach Jim Haslett said.
Shanahan stays put
Mike Shanahan decided Tuesday to stay with the Denver Broncos, turning down a possible move to succeed Steve Spurrier as Florida football coach.
Shanahan said he spoke with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, but they didn't discuss contract terms.
"I listened to him as a friend, as a guy that I respect an awful lot, and listened to what the University of Florida had to offer," he said.
Shanahan said his main question was whether Broncos owner Pat Bowlen wanted him to stay. Bowlen does and "that's all I needed to know," he said.
New Stanford coach
Florida assistant Buddy Teevens will be introduced as Stanford's new football coach on Wednesday.
Badger coach leaving
University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Jeff Sauer, who led the team to two national titles, will resign at the end of the season, Athletic Director Pat Richter said Tuesday.
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