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Moeller to join Bengals

Published Oct. 4, 2005

Former Michigan coach Gary Moeller was hired Friday by the Bengals as an offensive assistant in charge of tight ends.

Moeller was suspended and then resigned the Michigan job after an April 28 incident in which he was charged with disorderly conduct and assault after becoming drunk at a Southfield, Mich., restaurant and scuffling with police.

He pleaded no contest to the charges May 8 and was fined $200 and ordered to pay another $209 in court costs.

Moeller will be taking over the tight ends from Paul Alexander, who has moved to the offensive line.

"I am excited by the opportunity to add such a fine coach to our staff," Bengals coach Dave Shula said. "The success Gary has had at the Michigan program speaks for itself. He's a quality person who brings us tremendous knowledge and experience."

Moeller was 44-13-3 and won two Big Ten championships at Michigan.

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