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JETS GRAB ANOTHER FORMER BILLS ASSISTANT

The New York Jets hired Bishop Harris as their running backs coach Thursday, replacing Maurice Carthon.

Harris, 59, had been the Buffalo Bills' running backs coach in 1998-99. He also held that position with the Oakland Raiders from 1995-97 and the Denver Broncos the previous two seasons.

Harris replaces Carthon, who became the Detroit Lions' running backs coach on Tuesday. Carthon had held that position with the Jets the past four seasons and took on the role of assistant head coach in 2000.

After Herman Edwards was named head coach last month, he hired former Bills' defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell to guide New York's defense and awarded him the title of assistant head coach. Despite stripping Carthon of that title, Edwards said at the time of Cottrell's hiring that he wanted Carthon to stay with the Jets.

Harris is the third former Buffalo assistant to join the Jets since the end of the season, following Cottrell and defensive backs coach Bill Bradley.

Bills name Graves

Fred Graves, the University of Utah's assistant head coach, has been appointed receivers coach for the Bills.

Graves, 50, has 26 years experience at the college level, including the last 19 at Utah. Since 1998 he has been assistant head coach in charge of receivers for Utah. He also coached running backs and served as offensive coordinator.

Other stops in Graves' coaching career include New Mexico State (1979-81), Western Illinois (1977-78) and Northeast Missouri (1975-76).

Bengals' QB arrested

SAN DIEGO -- Akili Smith, the Cincinnati Bengals' second-year quarterback, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving.

Smith, the third overall pick in the 1999 draft, was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter at about 2 a.m., police spokesman Bill Robinson said. Smith told the officer he was looking for friends.

Smith, who lives in San Diego, was given a sobriety test and booked into San Diego County jail, Robinson said. He later was released on $1,600 bail.

"If the information is accurate, this is a matter that Akili will have to handle with the proper authorities," Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said.

"It is the club's policy not to comment further on legal charges until such matters are resolved in the courts."

Smith went to San Diego's Lincoln High, which also produced Marcus Allen and Terrell Davis. After playing three years of minor league baseball, he resumed his football career at a local junior college and then finished at Oregon.

Around the league

The Detroit Lions added former Pro Bowl defensive end Charles Haley to their coaching staff as a pass rush specialist. Haley, 37, retired as a player last year after a 14-year career. He won five Super Bowl titles, the most of any player in league history. Haley won three championships with the Cowboys and two with the 49ers.

The Washington Redskins have contacted officials at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., about the possibility of holding their training camp at the college beginning in late July. Training camp was held at Redskins Park last summer, where they were the first team ever to charge admission.

Former Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell was hired as quarterbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Caldwell coached the Demon Deacons for the past eight seasons.

Mark Michaels, an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns the past two seasons, joined the Seattle Seahawks as assistant special teams coach. Michaels, 37, will assist special teams coach Pete Rodriguez. Michaels was the Browns' special teams coach in 2000 after serving as Cleveland's special teams coach and quality control coach in 1999.

Kenny Jackson, the wide receivers coach at Penn State since 1993, was hired to replace Bob Bratkowski as the Pittsburgh Steelers' receivers coach. Bratkowski left to become the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. Jackson inherits a wide receivers corps that includes the Steelers' last two first-round draft picks, Plaxico Burress and Troy Edwards, both of whom lost their starting jobs during disappointing 2000 seasons.

An arrest warrant was issued for Denver Broncos tight end Byron Chamberlain after he missed a court hearing in Castle Rock, Colo. in a driving-under-suspension case.

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