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Cowboys Lose WR Coach Derek Dooley to Missouri, Will McClay to Follow?

The first Cowboys rumors of this began with , who was reportedly “out the door” last week. Frustrated with his lack of input in 's , Dooley pursued other positions around the NFL and NCAA. Yesterday, he was officially named the new and at Missouri.

Dooley's departure means the Cowboys are now looking for new coaches below Linehan at WR, , and . Frank Pollack may also be on his way out as the coach.

Derek Dooley last coached in college at Tennessee, serving as their from 2010-2012 before joining the Cowboys. He now returns to his fourth different SEC team, beginning his coaching career at Georgia in 1996. From 2000 until 2004 he coached various positions on offense at LSU.

It also wouldn't be a offseason without speculation on ‘s time with the team coming to an end.

The Senior Director of Player Personnel responsible for the Cowboys' new, more analytical, and smarter approach to acquiring talent at the draft and in is now in consideration for the ' open GM position.

Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly wants to conclude interviews for the position next week, and make a hire soon after, so won't have to wait long to know if Will McClay is staying in Texas, but leaving .

Of course, keeping McClay from defecting to the Texans wouldn't mean the Cowboys are clear to keep one of their pivotal voices for another year.

In previous seasons, Dallas has been able to discretely give McClay more money (and perhaps influence) to keep him happy constructing the Cowboys' roster into one of the league's most balanced.

Whether or not this continues could be a telling sign of the Cowboys' chances at retaining the likes of on their coaching staff as well. The linebackers coach and has generated plenty of interest as a candidate around the league, a position the Cowboys are not prepared to offer Eberflus with in place.

For better or worse, the changes are just beginning in Dallas — with Derek Dooley's situation now coming full circle on this coaching carousel.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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