Tom Rossley, the quarterback coach for the Atlanta Falcons, was named Southern Methodist's football coach Saturday, and said he thought he could win, despite possible recruiting obstacles because of the school's high academic requirements.

Rossley, 44, returned to the school where he was offensive coordinator after the Mustangs' two-year NCAA death penalty. Forrest Gregg stepped down as head coach in November so he could concentrate on being athletic director."I never dreamed I would be coming back here as head football coach," Rossley said. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime. The school's high academics have never been a problem with me. We don't want to admit a player who we don't think can graduate."

SMU was 3-19 under Gregg in the two years since returning to football.

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