Ireland out as Dolphins' GM after 6 seasons
MIAMI — Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, who have failed to reach the playoffs the past five years.
In a brief announcement Tuesday, owner Stephen Ross said he and Ireland mutually agreed to part ways. Ireland had been unpopular with fans for several years, and a late-season collapse by the team last month left his job in jeopardy.
The Dolphins, who finished 8-8, said they would conduct an immediate search for a replacement to lead football operations.
Still to be determined is Ireland's role in a locker-room bullying scandal that drew national scrutiny. The NFL has yet to release a report on its investigation into the case.
AUSTIN, Texas — A billionaire donor to the University of Texas says the hire of new football coach Charlie Strong was like a "kick in the face."
Red McCombs has donated millions to Texas, and his name is on the north side of the football stadium. He publicly lobbied for Texas to hire Jon Gruden.
Hours after Strong was introduced Monday at a campus news conference, McCombs, the former owner of the Minnesota Vikings and the San Antonio Spurs, complained to KZDC-AM in San Antonio that he was ignored in the coaching search.
"I think it is a kick in the face," McCombs said. "Beyond the fact of what actually happened. We have boosters that have a lot of knowledge about the game."
McCombs said prominent donors had a lot of input when Texas hired Mack Brown in 1997. This time, the coaching search was led by new athletic director Steve Patterson.
McCombs said Texas got the selection "wrong" and that Strong would be a good position coach or coordinator. He later said he would support Strong and wished him well when they spoke by phone Sunday night.
UTEP: Three basketball players involved in betting
EL PASO, Texas — UTEP kicked three players off the men's basketball team Tuesday, saying they had bet on at least one sporting event.
The players were not believed to have bet on UTEP games or participated in point-shaving to influence the outcome for bettors, said Richard Adauto, the university's executive vice president. He said university officials did not suspect anyone else on the team of gambling.
The three players are McKenzie Moore, Justin Crosgile and Jalen Ragland. They are not expected back on campus for any reason, including classes, Adauto said.
"Their collegiate basketball careers are over," he said.
Coach Tim Floyd said he learned about the alleged gambling when he received a "random tip. I've lived in this town for 22 years." He then called athletic director Bob Stull, who contacted Adauto.
They decided to contact the FBI, which confirmed it is investigating.
"It's an ongoing investigation based on a referral from the El Paso Police Department, and the three gentlemen (Floyd, Adauto and Stull) who were at the press conference today," said Michael Martinez, FBI spokesman in El Paso. "We commend them on their prompt action and continuing cooperation."
Compiled from wire reports