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Nick Eatman:

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said putting together his coaching staff would be his top priority, and so far, he's not wasting any time.

After making two hires on Tuesday, Phillips added two more assistants on Wednesday: Veteran coach Ray Sherman and John Garrett, the brother of Jason Garrett.

Sherman, who spent the last two years as the Tennessee Titans' wide receivers coach, will coach the receivers in Dallas.

Garrett, the Cowboys' new tight ends coach, coached at the University of Virginia the last two years but has been on NFL staffs in Cincinnati and Arizona.

Other interviews.

University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst interviewed with the Cowboys on Wednesday. His role, if hired, will likely be as quarterbacks coach. However, Chryst's status is unknown.

A third job candidate, Oakland running backs coach Skip Peete, was scheduled to arrive in Dallas on Wednesday night and interview with the Cowboys on Thursday.

Jerry Jones and Don Perkins are being honored.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be one of eight new inductees Thursday night for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Jones, along with former Cowboys running back Don Perkins, will be honored at a special banquet in Waco, Texas.

And even for someone who grew up and played college football in Arkansas, Jones said being honored as a Texas legend is quite an achievement.

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Along with Jones and Perkins, the other six inductees are Warren Moon, Billy Sims, DeLoss Dodds, Cynthia Cooper, Roosevelt Leaks and Rafer Johnson.

Update on contracts:

With Wade Phillips now in the fold, look for the Cowboys and Gurode to work out a new deal, likely before March 2, the first day of the free-agent signing period.

The Cowboys apparently are not far along in contract talks with right tackle Marc Colombo or even quarterback Tony Romo, who has one year remaining on the extension he signed last August.