John Fassel staying with college team

Updated: February 11, 2004, 11:05 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, N.M. -- John Fassel, the son of former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, has declined an offer to join his dad on the staff of the Baltimore Ravens.

The 30-year-old Fassel announced his decision to turn down the Ravens offensive assistant job to his New Mexico Highlands team Tuesday night, according to a statement from the university.

Fassel is the head coach at the Division II school, which posted an 0-11 record last year in Fassel's first season as the head coach. He was an assistant coach for the Cowboys in 2002.

"I felt like I would be leaving my family," Fassel said in the statement. "The players and coaches on our team made a commitment to me, and I couldn't let them down."

Jim Fassel, fired by the Giants after last season, was hired earlier this month by the Ravens as senior consultant.

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