The circus is over -- unless Fox Sports is the third ring. But after conflicting reports dominated the Pittsburgh area this weekend, Jay Glazer, of Scout.com parent company Fox Sports, has the story.
FOXSports.com has learned that the Pittsburgh Steelers have finally informed Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin that they have in fact chosen him as their next head coach. Tomlin is slated to fly to Pittsburgh by tomorrow morning provided the two sides can work out a contract.
The two sides began negotiating this afternoon and as long as a deal can get done, the Steelers should announce him as their coach Monday.
Tomlin was originally scheduled to fly to Mobile, Alabama for this week's Senior Bowl but was asked by Pittsburgh brass to not get on the plane.
Calls to Tomlin have not been returned but sources close to the coach said he expects Tomlin and the Steelers to have worked out a contract by Sunday night.
Tomlin was recommended to the Steelers by former player and defensive coordinator Tony Dungy, who brought Tomlin into the league at Tampa Bay from the Cincinnati Bearcats. Tomlin worked with the Tampa Bay defensive backs for five seasons until becoming defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings last season.