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Lewis Off Spartan List

December 13, 2002|From Times Wire Services

Washington Redskin defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis turned down a reported five-year, $7.5-million offer to coach Michigan State on Thursday, saying he would prefer to become a head coach in the NFL.

"I've been battling something here in the NFL," Lewis said. "We've got things left to do here. I'd like to be a head coach. I'm not sure where at. I just felt like it wasn't the time."

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Stanford receiver Teyo Johnson will give up his final two seasons of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL draft. Johnson led the Cardinal with 41 catches for 467 yards and eight touchdowns. His older brother, former Stanford linebacker Riall Johnson, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.... Iowa's Kirk Ferentz was chosen Associated Press coach of the year. He won over Ohio State's Jim Tressel, Notre Dame's Tyrone Willingham and West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez.... Joe Glenn, who guided Montana to a 39-6 record the last three seasons, was hired as Wyoming's coach.... South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt signed a five-year, $2.8-million extension, two days after he was interviewed for the vacancy at Alabama.... Colorado cornerback Clyde Surrell pleaded guilty to providing alcohol to a minor for his role in a recruiting party.

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