Benson Boogies With More Big Moves - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Benson Boogies With More Big Moves

(From The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson moved quickly to stabilize his organization Friday, reaching an agreement with Coach Jim Haslett on a four-year contract extension and promoting director of football operations Mickey Loomis to general manager. Both announcements will come Monday, NFL sources said. Loomis, 45, will oversee Haslett and Director of Player Personnel Rick Mueller, brother of former GM Randy Mueller, who was fired Thursday. Haslett's new contract runs through 2005 and calls for him to be paid $2 million annually, sources said, which will place him among the top 15 highest-paid NFL coaches. He was among the lowest paid at $900,000 last season. Arnold Fielkow will remain in his position as the team's director of administration. Loomis accepted the job Friday after discussing the matter with longtime friend and colleague Randy Mueller, who had one year remaining on his contract worth $650,000. Loomis' contract as GM runs through the 2002 season. "I think Mickey will make a great GM," Randy Mueller said. "The Saints won't miss a beat." Although Benson indicated he likely would restructure the football operations and possibly eliminate the title of general manager altogether, it appears the setup is exactly the same as before Thursday's events. The primary difference is Haslett and Rick Mueller will handle all personnel decisions, and Loomis, one of Randy Mueller's first hires in January 2000, will deal primarily with contract negotiations, the salary cap and oversee all football operations. Randy Mueller called all personnel shots during his two-year tenure. Benson, Loomis and Haslett could not be reached for comment. Since joining the organization Loomis has been responsible for salary-cap management and contract negotiations.

He worked for the Seattle Seahawks from 1983 to 1998 with Mueller, spending the last seven years as their executive vice president. Benson wasted little time in finding Mueller's replacement, electing to promote from within his organization instead of conducting a national search. At Thursday's press conference Benson addressed that issue, saying, "if necessary we will go outside, but I would hope we got the talent that can work within the framework of what we need to do within our organization. And I think it's here. We got some great talent. We got a lot of great people in this organization, and we're going to rely on all of them." Benson huddled behind closed doors Friday with lawyers Stanley Rosenberg and Tom Roddy, hammering out contract details for Loomis, Haslett and all assistant coaches. The contracts for Haslett's assistants also will run through the 2005 season. Haslett, 46, has guided the Saints to an 18-16 record in two seasons, winning the NFC West title and the franchise's first playoff victory in 2000. After being chosen NFL Coach of the Year in 2000 his team struggled down the stretch in 2001, losing its last four games by a combined score of 160-52. The Saints finished third in the NFC West (7-9).

  • SPORTSMore>>

  • Southern Miss eliminates UTSA 7-1, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Southern Miss eliminates UTSA 7-1, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:50:45 GMT
    USM fans celebrate after a Golden Eagles run in the C-USA TournamentUSM fans celebrate after a Golden Eagles run in the C-USA Tournament
    Southern Miss redshirt freshman Matthew Guidry called Wednesday's surprising 9-2 loss to eighth-seeded UTSA a needed "reality check." If that's the case, it would appear USM has come back to reality. The #11 Golden Eagles got their revenge, beating the Roadrunners 7-1 and eliminating UTSA from the Conference USA Tournament at MGM Park. The Golden Eagles now face off against Charlotte Saturday at 12:30 pm in the tournament semifinals, while Florida Atlantic and Rice square o...More >>
    Southern Miss redshirt freshman Matthew Guidry called Wednesday's surprising 9-2 loss to eighth-seeded UTSA a needed "reality check." If that's the case, it would appear USM has come back to reality. The #11 Golden Eagles got their revenge, beating the Roadrunners 7-1 and eliminating UTSA from the Conference USA Tournament at MGM Park. The Golden Eagles now face off against Charlotte Saturday at 12:30 pm in the tournament semifinals, while Florida Atlantic and Rice square o...More >>
  • Southern Miss eliminates Louisiana Tech 5-2 in C-USA Tournament

    Southern Miss eliminates Louisiana Tech 5-2 in C-USA Tournament

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:39 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:39:58 GMT
    Matthew Guidry celebrates as he scores against Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament.Matthew Guidry celebrates as he scores against Louisiana Tech in the C-USA Tournament.
    Listening to Matthew Guidry explain his approach before connecting on arguably the biggest hit of his career at Southern Miss, the moment is made to sound almost routine. In fact, the freshman second baseman’s two-out, full-count fly ball over the netting in right-center field Thursday afternoon was one of the primary reasons the Golden Eagles remain alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. Guidry’s three-run home run in the second...More >>
    Listening to Matthew Guidry explain his approach before connecting on arguably the biggest hit of his career at Southern Miss, the moment is made to sound almost routine. In fact, the freshman second baseman’s two-out, full-count fly ball over the netting in right-center field Thursday afternoon was one of the primary reasons the Golden Eagles remain alive in The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. Guidry’s three-run home run in the second...More >>
  • Rice Holds On for 4-3 Win over ODU, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Rice Holds On for 4-3 Win over ODU, advances to C-USA Tournament Semifinal

    Thursday, May 25 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-05-26 03:23:40 GMT
    Rice head coach Wayne GrahamRice head coach Wayne Graham
    Over the years, Rice has earned a reputation for winning close baseball games, and Coach Wayne Graham said the reason for that was very simple. “Well, if you’ve got good relief pitching, you look real smart,” Graham said shortly after watching his closer, Glenn Otto, surrender only a walk over the final 3 1/3 innings of Rice’s 4-3 victory over Old Dominion Thursday in the second round of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. ...More >>
    Over the years, Rice has earned a reputation for winning close baseball games, and Coach Wayne Graham said the reason for that was very simple. “Well, if you’ve got good relief pitching, you look real smart,” Graham said shortly after watching his closer, Glenn Otto, surrender only a walk over the final 3 1/3 innings of Rice’s 4-3 victory over Old Dominion Thursday in the second round of The First, A National Banking Association, Conference USA Championship. ...More >>
Powered by Frankly