Stanford hires Sams to coach offensive line

Updated: March 20, 2006, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford hired Doug Sams on Monday as offensive line coach for tackles and tight ends.

Sams replaces John McDonell, who left the school to join the coaching staff at Purdue.

Sams most recently was the head coach at Northern Michigan University the past four seasons (2002-05). His contract was not renewed after his team went 2-8 last season.

"Doug is a veteran coach who will be able to come in and have a positive impact immediately," Stanford coach Walt Harris said. "He is experienced in coaching offensive football and his technical knowledge will be an asset to our program. We're very fortunate to have Doug join our staff," he said.

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