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Tice joins Jaguars as assistant head coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2006) -- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio hired close friend, one-time teammate and former Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice as an assistant head coach.

Del Rio also promoted Andy Heck to offensive line coach, replacing fired coach Paul Boudreau. Heck spent the past two years as Boudreau's assistant.

Del Rio said Tice will work on the offensive side of the ball.

"Over the last 10 years, Mike has been a major contributor to some very productive offenses," Del Rio said in a statement. "Mike brings toughness, experience and passion. He will certainly be a tremendous asset to me and our offensive staff as we continue our pursuit of a championship."

Tice was 33-34 after four seasons in Minnesota, and his final year was an embarrassing one. He was fined $100,000 by the league for scalping his Super Bowl tickets, and the team was involved in a scandalous boat party that resulted in charges against four players.

He was fired Jan. 1 after the Vikings finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

Tice, a tight end, and Del Rio, a linebacker, played together with the Vikings in the early 1990s.

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