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FSU, NFL veteran Henning will coach Boston College

Former NFL and Florida State coach Dan Henning was named coach at Boston College on Wednesday.

Henning replaces Tom Coughlin, who is leaving after three years to become coach of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.

Henning, who was fired in December after two seasons as offensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions, was coach of the San Diego Chargers from 1989-91 and the Atlanta Falcons from 1983-86.

He also held offensive coaching positions with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Houston Oilers.

He said there will not be "any discernible difference" in BC's style of play, and he will consider keeping some of Coughlin's assistants.

"I think they've done an outstanding job here of assembling student-athletes," he said. "It's a heck of a lot more attractive than taking over a program that doesn't have that. I've tried that in the past. That's not romantic, I can tell you that."

Henning, 51, began his coaching career at Florida State in 1968.

Afterward, he bounced back and forth between college and pro football, moving to Virginia Tech in 1971, then to the Houston Oilers as quarterback and receivers coach in 1972, then back to Virginia Tech as offensive coordinator in 1973 and home to FSU in 1974.

He returned to the NFL to become quarterback and receivers coach for the Jets and Miami Dolphins before joining the Redskins in 1981, the Falcons in 1983 and the Chargers in 1989. Henning was 38-73-1 as an NFL head coach: 16-32 with the Chargers and 22-41-1 with the Falcons.

Details of Henning's contract were not disclosed. A spokesman for the Lions said Henning has continued to receive his salary from the team and is to be paid through the end of next season.

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SEC: A conference executive said the league might leave its Birmingham offices if the city raises its $1-a-year rent in retaliation for moving the football championship game to Atlanta.

Michigan: Defensive back Shonte Peoples, a 21-year-old senior, has been charged with felonious assault after shooting at undercover police officers he thought were burglarizing his vehicle.

Arkansas: David Mitchell, who coached running backs at Syracuse for the past three years, and Jim Washburn, head coach of the Charlotte Rage of the Arena League, have joined the Razorbacks. Mitchell will coach the running backs, and Washburn will coach the defensive line.

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