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Brown Assistant Dowhower Says He Has Accepted Vanderbilt Offer

<i> Associated Press</i>

Rod Dowhower, quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns, says he will become Vanderbilt’s new football coach when the Browns’ season ends, The Tennessean reported Sunday.

“I have accepted the Vanderbilt job,” Dowhower told the newspaper after the Browns defeated New England, 20-13, in the AFC wild-card game. “But I’m still committed to the Browns.”

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported that Dowhower, 51, apparently has a five-year deal with Vanderbilt for $250,000 a year. He’ll remain under contract to the Browns, who play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday, through the NFL playoffs.

The other finalist for the position was reportedly USC offensive coordinator Mike Riley.

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