Cowboys hire Derek Dooley; fans wager $98.9 million on Super Bowl

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys reassigned receivers coach Jimmy Robinson to clear the way for former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley.

The Cowboys made the hiring of Dooley official Monday and said Robinson would be a senior coaching consultant. Robinson also was the assistant head coach.

Dooley was fired at Tennessee in November after going 15-21 in three seasons. He was just 4-19 in the Southeastern Conference and 0-15 against Top 25 teams.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Dooley were assistants together with the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06.

Dooley was an LSU assistant from 2000-04 and head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09.

It’s a return to the Dallas area for Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley. He was an assistant at SMU from 1997-99.

Robinson was Dallas’ receivers coach for two years and oversaw a breakout season for Dez Bryant in 2012.

Fans wager record $98.9M

LAS VEGAS — Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl.

The Gaming Control Board said unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite, but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31.

Oddsmakers said California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the hometown team. The 49ers hadn’t been in a Super Bowl since 1995.

The previous Nevada record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million.

Casinos say they lost big on proposition bets, including a long shot on whether there would be a safety issue.

Ravens parade is Tuesday

BALTIMORE — A day after the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory, Baltimore was in party-planning mode.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city’s parade for the team will begin at City Hall on Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.

The lineup was still being finalized as the team returned to the area Monday afternoon.

The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. at City Hall, where there will be a new purple, black and white congratulatory banner hanging. The parade will head south on Commerce Street and continue to Pratt and Howard streets.

The stadium celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. The National Weather Service was forecasting temperatures in the low to mid 30s with a 20 percent chance of light rain or snow.

Rams stadium upgrades iffy

ST. LOUIS — An attorney for the agency that runs the home of the St. Louis Rams said it is unlikely it will implement the team’s plan to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome.

Arbitrators ruled last week in favor of the team’s plan for upgrading the dome to “top-tier” status, which is required by the lease agreement between the Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. The CVC had proposed $124 million in renovations.

The Rams’ plan is estimated to cost about $750 million.

CVC attorney Greg Smith says it is “unlikely” the CVC will try to implement the Rams’ plan. If not, the lease dome becomes year-to-year starting in March 2015, creating the possibility of the team leaving St. Louis..