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Monte Kiffin Is "Real Excited"

The 72-year-old Kiffin is set to take over the Cowboys' defense in 2013

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    Monte Kiffin, the Dallas Cowboys’ newly-hired, 72-year-old defensive coordinator, doesn’t want for any energy, and that much was apparent when he took some time to speak to the folks at ESPN Dallas about his new gig on Tuesday, from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

    "Just the fact it's the Dallas Cowboys--you know, a unique situation," Kiffin said. "I'm very fortunate. The coach [Jason Garrett] and the Joneses. The whole bit. Excited to be back here at the Senior Bowl, checking out the players and looking for good players. I'm real excited."

    Currently the second-oldest coach in the NFL, Kiffin still has a great passion for the game. If he didn’t, Kiffin says, he wouldn’t have returned.

    "You got to have great passion for coaching," Kiffin said. "It starts with the energy, and you expect the players to be the same way. I can't wait to get to work every day. I just love it. [Former Buccaneers coach Jon] Gruden used to say, 'You like it or you love it.' You got to love it."

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