Updated, 12:15 p.m. ET
The Jets have just announced that Tony Sparano has been named their offensive coordinator. Sparano replaces Brian Schottenheimer, who announced Tuesday that he would not return as the Jets’ offensive coordinator for the 2012 season.
Sparano became the eighth head coach in Miami Dolphins history on Jan. 16, 2008. In his first season he led the Dolphins to an equaling of the greatest turnaround in NFL history as Miami “moved the hyphen” from 1-15 to 11-5 and captured the team’s first AFC East title since 2000. Sparano had spent the previous five seasons (2003-07) on the Dallas staff, during which time the Cowboys made three playoff appearances. He tutored the Cowboys’ offensive line the last three years there and also held the title of assistant head coach the final two seasons. He coached the team’s tight ends his first two seasons in Dallas.
Prior to joining the Cowboys, Sparano had NFL stops in Cleveland (1999-2000), Washington (2001) and Jacksonville (2002). His career head-coaching record, after leaving the Dolphins after 13 games this season, is 29-33.
Sparano, 50, born in West Haven, Conn., was a four-year letterman as a center at the University of New Haven, where he earned his degree in criminal law. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1984 before moving on to Boston University as offensive coordinator in 1989. He returned to New Haven as the school’s head coach in 1994 and manned that spot for the next five years.
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