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Stanford calls Bengals' assistant

1-6-02, 9:35 p.m.


Bengals head coach Dick LeBeau is expected to announce Monday that there will be no major coaching changes for next season, but he could lose the dean of his staff.

Running backs coach Jim Anderson said after Sunday's 23-21 win in Tennessee that he is to interview Monday at Stanford for the Cardinal's head coaching job.

Anderson, 53, has been with the Bengals for 18 seasons in the second longest consecutive tenure for a position coach with one club next to Dick Hoak's 30 years in Pittsburgh.

"They called and I've returned the interest because when I coached there it was a great experience," Anderson said.

Anderson worked under head coach Paul Wiggin at Stanford for four seasons from 1980-83 before

coming to work for the Bengals when Sam Wyche became head coach in 1984.

Bengals running back Corey Dillon finished off his fifth straight 1,000-yard season Sunday with an 87-yard day that gave him 1,315 for the year. It's the 10th 1,000-yard season for a Bengals' back under Anderson.

Anderson indicated he'll return to the Bengals if he doesn't get the job. Ironically, several of the Bengals' coaches are headed near the home of Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif., Monday to scout the East-West Shrine college all-star game.

"I have a job here," Anderson said. "I didn't go looking for one. It's an honor to be called."

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