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Notebook: Martz lands with Lions

The Associated Press
| Thursday, February 9, 2006 12:00 a.m

The Detroit Lions hired Mike Martz after all. The former Rams coach became Lions offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Wednesday, a week after he turned down the job for financial reasons. Martz interviewed with new coach Rod Marinelli and team president Matt Millen nine days ago, but said last Thursday he wasn’t taking the job because, “It just didn’t work out with the money.” Contract terms weren’t disclosed.

  • Police arrested 12 people last weekend on felony charges for selling counterfeit Super Bowl tickets, and 73 bogus tickets were taken from people who tried to enter Ford Field on game day, authorities said. Undercover police teams working the streets around the stadium and across the metropolitan area also made two misdemeanor counterfeit ticket arrests and confiscated 23 fake tickets, Second Deputy Chief James Tate of the Detroit Police Department said yesterday. The NFL had no reports of anyone getting into Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Seattle Seahawks with phony tickets, said league associate counsel Anastasia Danias. Special scanners at the gates detected the fakes, and the people who presented them were urged to make reports on where they got the tickets, Danias said. They weren’t detained because they were unwitting victims, she said.

  • The Houston Texans hired Johnny Holland to coach linebackers, John Benton as offensive line coach and Martin Bayless to be an assistant defensive backs coach yesterday.

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