Walsh passes on Bucs

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January 31, 1991

Walsh passes on Bucs; Ryan on list

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' bid to lure Bill Walsh back to th National Football League coaching ranks fell short yesterday. Owner Hugh Culverhouse said the former San Francisco 49ers coach has decided to continue his broadcasting career with NBC.

Culverhouse said in a statement that he and Buccaneers administrator Phil Krueger had discussed the job opening with Walsh, who led the 49ers to three Super Bowl championships before retiring after the 1988 season.

The statement added that the Buccaneers hope to name their coach within a week.

Culverhouse is expected to talk with former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan about the opening, and Krueger said permission had been obtained to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick.

The only other candidate Culverhouse has interviewed is interim coach Richard Williamson.

Belichick reportedly will interview today for the Cleveland Browns job.

* Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens and Pat Sullivan were among 12 players and three coaches named to the college football Hall of Fame.

Owens won the 1969 Heisman at Oklahoma, and Sullivan won the 1971 award at Auburn.

The new members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Foundation's awards dinner Dec. 10 in New York.

Among the other players named were Bobby Bell, Alex Karras and James Stillwagon, Outland Trophy winners as college football's best lineman, and Ed Marinaro, who was runner-up to Sullivan in the 1971 Heisman voting.

* Southern California quarterback Todd Marinovich's father denied a report that his son has hired an agent and definitely will announce this week that he will enter the NFL draft. The deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft is tomorrow.

Alabama junior tailback Siran Stacy, who scored 18 touchdowns in 1989 and was a medical redshirt last season, announced yesterday that he would return for his senior season.

Houston junior quarterback David Klingler, who broke or tied 33 National Collegiate Athletic Association game and season records last season, will stay in college, according to the Houston Post.

Motor sports

World champion Carlos Sainz of Spain took advantage of a driving mistake by his nearest rival to win the Monte Carlo Rally in the final stage. Sainz, in a Toyota, came from behind to win after Francois Delecour's Ford left the road and damaged his tires less than 10 miles from the finish. Delecour, of France, was leading Sainz by 41 seconds, but wound up more than five minutes behind in the 392-mile event. Sainz's total time was 6 hours, 57 minutes, 21 seconds for the five days and 27 special stages through the hills of southern France, behind the tiny principality.

Pro basketball

Larry Bird, sidelined most of January with back problems, says he feels better than he has at any time this season, but there's no word on when he'll return to the Boston Celtics lineup. The Celtics are 6-6 without Bird. He participated in a full practice Tuesday for the first time since his most recent game, Jan. 6.

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