Jaguars Coach Has His Priorities
Bianchi, Mike, The Florida Times Union
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
"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. …