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Thursday, January 27, 2000

Eagles' goals set higher entering district

Staff Writer
PECOS, Jan. 27, 2000 -- The Pecos Eagle swimming teams collected 15 of the 20 boys and girls District 4 titles during the 1990s. But when it came to regional competition, the Eagles were a lot like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner -- with the Road Runner in this case being the Class 5A schools from Midland, San Angelo, Lubbock, Amarillo and El Paso that dominated the regional meets.

The Eagles often got close, but only managed to advance one swimmer to the state finals in Austin during the past 10 years. While that's better than the coyote ever did, it still made the regional meets a bit of an anti-climax for the swimmers in all the area's sub-5A schools.

This year, however, the rules have changed. The creation of regional and state meets for Class 4A and below schools gives this weekend's District 3-4A meet at Fort Stockton High School both added and lesser meaning for Pecos' swimmers, according to coach Terri Morse.

"It seems the kids are staying more focused now than in the past," said Morse, while adding the focus for some has moved slightly past Friday and Saturday's competition.

"Before district was the main focus, because they knew they would have to face all those 5As in Lubbock (at regionals). This year, the kids who have a shot at state are excited about district, but they're reserving some of that because this is just the first step in what they want to achieve," she said. "They know they have to get better and faster as we advance on."

The top six finishers in each event will advance to regionals in Lubbock on Feb. 11-12. Going into Saturday morning's swimming preliminaries, Pecos' boys are seeded first in all 11 events, though Morse said, "That doesn't mean we're going to get that. I don't want to go into the meet thinking we've got it made in the shade because that's when we start making mistakes."

A mistake in the 200 medley relay at the Lubbock Invitational two weeks ago cost Pecos a possible second place finish in the event and a second place finish overall in the meet. "You can't expect to make mistakes at this level when you're competing against the rest of the state," Morse said.

Seeded first are Kevin Bates in the 50 and 100 freestyles, Tye Edwards in the 100-yard butterfly and backstroke, Randall Reynolds in the 200 and 500 freestyles, Jason Lopez in the 100 breaststroke and Grant Holland in the 200 individual medley, along with the Eagles' three relay teams.

Morse said the 200 freestyle relay would be the closest of those races, and she would hold Bates out of the prelims in that event to see how Pecos did against Monahans. "If I have to swim Kevin in the 200 then I will, but I want him to swim in the 400. The kids are trying to set the district record in that event," she said.

On the girls' side, Monahans is the favorite to win their second straight district title, and Morse has moved around some of her swimmers to try and score as many points possible.

The only girl seeded first is JoAnn Wein in the 500-yard freestyle. She also had been swimming the 100-yard backstroke, but Morse said, "I took her out of the backstroke, which left us open in that event. But I moved her to the 200 for the reason that I felt and JoAnn felt there was no chance for her to beat Candace Teague. I moved her to the 200 (freestyle) because she had a more realistic chance of beating the two girls there."

Aside from Wein in the 500, the Eagles' best seedings are in the 200 medley relay, where the girls are second behind Monahans, and from Sarah Flores, who is seeded No. 2 in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

Competition begins at 6 p.m. Friday with the 1-meter diving competition. Prelims begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with the finals set for a 5 p.m. start.

Jones puts Campo in hot seat as Cowboys' coach

AP Sports Writer
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 27, 2000 - For 11 years, Dave Campo has had an up-close view of what it's like to be head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, it's his turn to feel the heat.

Campo became the fourth person in eight years to hold one of the most high-profile jobs in pro sports when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promoted him Wednesday from defensive coordinator.

His insider's perspective is that things aren't as bad as last season's 8-8 record suggests.

"We have in place some outstanding football players," Campo said. "I just think we need to get refocused on what it takes to win, the discipline and the attitude needed to be successful.

"In my mind, this football team has a nucleus of players that with a little tweaking here is going to give us a chance to be successful.

"My top priority is to restore the championship attitude. We didn't get it done this year. We have to look at the entire team and take it from there."

Campo arrived in Dallas in 1989 as part of the crew Jimmy Johnson brought with him from the University of Miami after Jones bought the team and hired his old college teammate to be head coach.

Campo was in charge of the secondary for six seasons, then Barry Switzer promoted him to defensive coordinator in 1995. He held that job through the C4-36 hours and had a very detailed plan of how he would run the team,'' Jones said. "I knew we were on the same page."

"When I went to Jerry," Campo said, "I wanted to make sure he had a pretty good idea what I was all about. We discussed a number of things, but the biggest thing was that I felt I had a working knowledge of this team."

Campo, 52, is the first of the five coaches in Cowboys history to come from within the staff. Like his predecessors, he came with no NFL head-coaching experience.

Campo - whose small size, glasses and graying blonde hair make him look more like a college professor than a coach - hasn't been a head coach at any level. He was an assistant at 11 colleges over 18 years before joining the Cowboys.

At first, he used to be a bit short-tempered with players, but he's refined that over the years. Yet there's still the chance his fuse will blow - just enough to keep guys on edge.

"He may only be 5-6 or 5-7, but he really gets after guys," safety Darren Woodson said.

Now Campo has a five-year contract worth $800,000 to $1 million per season. That's the same length Gailey got, but for more money.

Although Campo has never coached on offense, he believes he knows enough about it from all the years he's spent studying how to stop it.

"I want to attack," Campo said. "That's my philosophy. I want to be aggressive. I want to go after the jugular vein as many times as possible."

That's exactly what quarterback Troy Aikman wanted to hear.

"We proved you can run the football pretty good and not score points and not win games," Aikman said. "You've got to be able to make big plays to score points and win games."

Campo could have new coordinators on offense and defense as soon as today.

New England quarterbacks coach Jack Reilly, who had the same job in Dallas in 1997, is the front-runner to lead the offense. He's expected to bring back the system Dallas used during its championship years.

The top candidate for the defensive job is secondary coach Mike Zimmer.

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