A rumor stemming from an internet web site has garnered national attention, and perhaps more importantly, the hopes of Lions' fans everywhere.
"The Detroit Sports Report", broadcasted by the FOX Sports Network, made mention of the web site, and the rumor, that stated recently fired 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci could replace Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg as early as Monday afternoon.
While the rumor didn't quote any anonymous source, and seems to be more hearsay than fact, it has stirred the pot of the NFL rumor mill. Mariucci's agent has already stated that his client will take a job in television, and review his options at that time. Meanwhile, Mariucci would collect the remainder ($2.5 million) left on his contract from owner John York.
While that seems to be the most likely scenario, "Mooch" has strong ties with the state of Michigan after being born and raised in Iron Mountain (UP). He's also best friends with Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, who would be only a few hours away in East Lansing.
Mornhinweg, meanwhile, is still coaching the "South" squad at the annual Senior Bowl in Alabama. When asked for comment regarding Mariucci's firing, whom Mornhinweg used to work under, the highly scrutinized Lions' coach did not comment -- stating that he had yet to speak with Mariucci.
What could make the rumor moot, however, is the Lions' official announcement just three weeks ago that Mornhinweg would remain head coach under vice president Matt Millen's supervision. Since that time, Mornhinweg has made an array of coaching staff moves that would basically be rendered useless if Mariucci were to replace him.
The Ford family isn't known for making rash decisions, and would likely have to approve a change of this magnitude if triggered by Millen.
Lions' officials, nor Mariucci, were available to comment on the report.