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The Cardinals have denied the Bucs' request to interview receivers coach John McNulty for Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator job, the Arizona Republic and reported Saturday.

McNulty, Rutgers' offensive coordinator under new Bucs coach Greg Schiano from 2004-08, was the Bucs' top choice for the job, reported. The Bucs requested permission to speak to McNulty on Friday and were promptly denied.

NFL rules say teams can deny permission to assistants to interview for all positions except head coach.

Meanwhile, New Jersey's Newark Star-Ledger reported Schiano owes Rutgers $800,000 because of his departure. Of that, $500,000 is due within 30 days, as dictated by his contract with the school signed in 2007.

The other $300,000 comes from an $800,000 interest-free mortgage that also was part of his contract. Rutgers forgave $100,000 of the mortgage for every season he remained coach.

Schiano owns the property and the house Rutgers built for him near its stadium. But his exit gives the school the option of buying it.

Stadium owner says Rams violating lease

ST. LOUIS — The Rams' plan to play a home game in London each of the next three seasons violates their lease for the Edward Jones Dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says.

This month, the league announced St. Louis would face New England in London next season. (The other two opponents haven't been determined.) And like the Bucs' trip to London this season, it would count as a home game for the Rams.

The lease calls for the team to play all its home games other than preseason games at the commission-owned stadium, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said.

The commission said in a news release it was awaiting a response from the team. Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff did not respond to a telephone message from the Associated Press.

the commission faces a Wednesday deadline to submit a proposal for stadium improvements. The Rams can opt out of the lease after the 2014 season if the stadium is not judged to be among the top quarter in quality in the NFL.

"I think it's obvious that the Rams expect the CVC to adhere to the terms of the lease," said Jeff Rainford, chief of staff to St. Louis mayor Francis Slay. "And I think it's reasonable for CVC to expect the Rams adhere to the lease."

Bears: Phil Emery, the Chiefs' director of college scouting, was hired as general manager. Emery was an area scout for the Bears from 1998-2004. From 2004-08, he was director of college scouting for the Falcons and in 2009 worked for them as a regional scout. Emery replaces the fired Jerry Angelo.

Chiefs: General manager Scott Pioli said it is likely new coach Romeo Crennel also will act as defensive coordinator. It's the position he held with the team before replacing the fired Todd Haley.

Colts: Bruce Arians, who recently resigned as Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator, will take on the same position in Indianapolis under new coach Chuck Pagano, reported. Current offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen was not fired with former coach Jim Caldwell. His status is unknown. Meanwhile, Bill Polian, recently fired as vice chairman, was hired by SiriusXM. He will host a talk show three times a week for the satellite radio company.

49ers: Linebacker Aldon Smith, whose 14 sacks this season led all rookies, was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami Beach. A police spokesman said he had no information about the arrest. The 49ers said they were aware of the arrest and will "monitor the developments closely."

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