Tom Coughlin, a National Football League assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants since 1984, was named yesterday head football coach at Boston College, replacing the fired Jack Bicknell.
Coughlin, 44, who has coached receivers for the playoff-bound Giants for three years, was chosen by new athletic director Chet Gladchuk for a second tour of duty with the Eagles.
Coughlin was an original member of Bicknell's staff in 1980. He helped develop Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie and a powerful passing attack that took the team to the Tangerine Bowl in 1982 and the Liberty Bowl in 1983.
He left Boston College after four years to become receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1984. After two years, he moved on to Green Bay for two seasons before joining head coach Bill Parcells and the Giants. He will remain with the Giants until the completion of their season.
* ORANGE BOWL: Coach Lou Holtz, saying he didn't want to do anything that would take away from his team's appearance against No. 1 Colorado, said he would not discuss any allegations surrounding his tenure at Minnesota and possible National Collegiate Athletic Association violations. Asked if the allegations were distracting to him, Holtz said: "Yeah, I can't put them out of my mind. I try, but I can't." Holtz has been subdued most of the week using only a few of his witty one-liners. He has yet to lobby for Notre Dame being No. 1 if the Irish beat No. 1 Colorado. . . . Colorado wide receiver Mike Pritchard, who broke left hand Sunday, pronounced himself near 100 percent for the ** game. Pritchard caught all six passes thrown to him during a passing drill despite wearing a plastic and fiberglass cast.
* SUGAR BOWL: Shawn Moore shared practice time almost equally with Matt Blundin yesterday and said he believes he can play against Tennessee on New Year's Day.
"I threw a lot today -- a lot more than I expected to throw and, really, a lot more than I wanted to throw," he said. "But the more I throw, the better I'm going to get, the better my timing will be.
"They wanted to know where I was, so they put me in different drills with both the first and second offense. I did OK. As far as having control and throwing accurately, sometimes I had a little trouble with that."
Moore dislocated his right thumb against Maryland in the 10th game of the season, and Blundin replaced him. The thumb has been surgically repaired, and the concern is over whether it has been rehabilitated enough to let him play.