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In Brief : Jim Shuck Gets Top Spot at VMI

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Jim Shuck was named today as Virginia Military Institute’s head football coach, saying the job with the long-struggling Keydets will pose challenges similar to those he faced as Army’s offensive coordinator.

“I think VMI has a tremendous amount of likeness to West Point . . . ,” Shuck said at a news conference. “Believe me, I know it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a lot of hard work.”

Shuck, 34, plans to use the wishbone offense, which has worked well for Army, as he assumes the job with a five-year, $52,000-a-year contract. “The great thing about the wishbone is it’s a team offense,” he said. “It’s a discipline offense.”

Shuck takes over for Eddie Williamson, who resigned last month after his four consecutive losing seasons gave the Keydets seven losing years in a row. Shuck thinks he can turn things around at VMI and said there may be some Army assistants coming along when he names his staff next week.

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