Parcells Denies Deal In Place With Bucs

January 12 - Retired NFL coach Bill Parcells told Sporting News Radio that a report in Friday's St. Petersburg Times stating that he would be given a five-year contract to replace Tony Dungy if the Buccaneers lose to Philadelphia in Saturday's wild card playoff game are not true.

A report in Friday's St. Petersburg Times stepped away from the rumors and boldly proclaimed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will fire head coach Tony Dungy and replace him with Bill Parcells, who has been a head coach with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, if the Bucs don't win Saturday's wild card playoff game at Philadelphia.

The report in the Times didn't offer much new information - except that Parcells would be given a five-year contract - considering that the Parcells to Tampa rumors began last year during the Super Bowl and intensified in recent weeks as the Bucs struggled to make the playoffs. Still, it caused ripples in local and national media outlets, angered Bucs players and prompted a denial from Parcells.

Parcells told Sporting News Radio, for whom he does a weekly radio show, that he does not have a deal in place to become the next head coach of the Buccaneers. Parcells said a report in the Times stating he would replace Dungy if the Buccaneers lose their wild card playoff game Saturday in Philadelphia is not true.

Dungy was peppered with questions about the report by local Tampa reporters and those from the national media upon the team's arrival in Philadelphia.

"The bottom line is we've got to win whether anything else happens or not," Dungy said.

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