Tice Names O'Leary D-Line Coach

New Vikings coach Mike Tice names George O'Leary to coach defensive line.

George O'Leary can update his resume.

On Thursday, the Vikings announced that O'Leary has been hired to coach the defensive line. O'Leary, who made headlines last month after being hired by Notre Dame only to resign days later after it was learned he had padded his accomplishments on his resume, was brought in to take over defensive line coaching duties, which were vacated when the team moved Brian Baker to linebacker chores.

More hirings are expected soon. Tice will replace himself at the offensive line coach and told VU he has narrowed the list down to two or three candidates -- each a Hall of Famer.

* The Vikings got Tice very cheap. He's the lowest paid coach in the NFL. He'll be paid $600,000 this year, $700,000 in 2003, $800,000 in 2004 and the team has an option on a fourth year at $1 million in 2005.
* Tice has indicated he intends to contact Robert Smith about ending his one-year retirement. Smith was courted this season by Brian Billick and the Ravens, but refused to come out of retirement for them. It is believed that Smith retired out of frustration for what was perceived as a double standard for all players except Randy Moss and Cris Carter during Denny Green's coaching tenure.
* VU's Tampa sources tell us that the Bucs already have Bill Parcells ready to sign a five-year contract if the Bucs go in the tank in the playoffs this year. Apparently the salary and job requirements have been agreed on, now all that has to happen is Dungy to take a nose-dive against the Eagles or Rams to finalize the deal.

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