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Jets hire Mangini as head coach

Updated: January 18, 2006, 12:13 AM ET
Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Eric Mangini has worked for Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, learning from two of the greatest coaches in the NFL.

The New York Jets are banking on that pedigree to lead them back into the playoffs.

Despite his youth and relative inexperience, the organization hired Mangini as its coach Tuesday. The former Patriots defensive coordinator, who turns 35 on Thursday, becomes the youngest head coach in the league.

Terms of the deal weren't known ...

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