Jaguars fire coach, put team up for sale

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars, who fired longtime coach Jack Del Rio Tuesday morning, are in the process of being sold by owner Wayne Weaver, the Florida Times-Union reported.

The team has been rumored as a possible candidate to relocate to Los Angeles, but is expected to remain in Jacksonville after the change in ownership.

The prospective buyer of the Jaguars is Pakistani-born businessman Shahid Khan, who tried unsuccessfully to buy the St. Louis Rams in 2010. Khan owns an Illinois auto parts manufacturer called Flex-N-Gate.

In addition to the sale and Del Rio's firing, ESPN reported that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith's contract has been extended for three years.

The Jaguars, out of contention in the AFC at 3-8, appointed defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as interim coach. Weaver had said the team needed to make the playoffs this season for Del Rio to keep his job.

Del Rio was only the second head coach in the Jaguars' short history, leading the team since 2003, when he replaced Tom Coughlin.

The Jaguars last made the playoffs in 2007 and finished 8-8 last season. The 48-year-old Del Rio finished with a 68-70 career mark with the Jaguars.

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