Jaguars Coach Has His Priorities

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Running off at the typewriter. . . .

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin never misses the chance

to honor Jay McGillis, the courageous former Boston College

safety who died of leukemia four years ago while Coughlin was

coaching the Eagles. As you might expect, Coughlin, who hosted a

charity golf tournament in honor of his all-time favorite player

a few months ago, was ecstatic recently when he learned that a

new Jay McGillis had been brought into the world. Baby Jay is

the son of David McGillis, the late player's brother, and his

wife Karen.

"Acouple of days after the birth," said grandpa John McGillis

from his home in Brockton, Mass., "we get this beautiful letter

from Tom [Coughlin] saying how great it was that the name of Jay

McGillis is being carried on. The guy is incredible. My family

would break its back for that guy.". . .

What's that? There's a movie being made about Dwight Gooden's

life? I'm sure it'll have an enlightening message, something

like: "It's OK to do drugs as long as you have a fastball."

... Did you know Republican vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp

and New Orleans Saints coach Jim Mora were teammates on the

Occidental College football team? Did you care? . . . By the

way, is there any question Dole-Kemp will lose the big one? Kemp

did, after all, play for the Buffalo Bills. . . .

Some critics in Frisco have started referring to former Jaguars

offensive lineman Eugene Chung as "Turnstile" because of his

penchant for allowing defenders into the 49ers' backfield. . . .

Gators safety Lawrence Wright after making a diving interception

during practice the other day: "I'm Michael Irvin without the

cocaine." . . . I have Electoral College as my preseason No. 1 .

. . Now that Don Shula is in his new position as Miami Dolphins

vice chairman, he'd better learn to say, "More cream in your

coffee, Jimmy?" . . .

The official drink of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney will be

Coca-Koala. . . . In the more luxurious Joe Robbie Stadium

suites, you can tune in on JimmyCam and get a constant close-up

view of His Hairness on the sidelines. I'm afraid it's true. . .

. In "The Fan," Robert DeNiro plays a deranged character who

stalks a major-league baseball player. …