Tice Fest 2002 Continues

The second round began Monday, as Mike Tice met with two of his top candidates for the vacant offensive coordinator position.

Anyone who has ever been asked to go through a second job interview knows that he or she made an impression, but didn't run away with the job application process.

So it was Monday, as Vikings quarterback coach Alex Wood and Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien both interviewed for the vacant offensive coordinator position.

Tice was extremely impressed with O'Brien, who he said runs a similar offense to the Vikings, while Wood has the familiarity factor having worked with Daunte Culpepper for the last three seasons.

Louisville O.C. Scott Linehan is expected in tomorrow for a second interview and the Vikings may make a decision as early as Wednesday or Thursday on filling the position.

* As expected, the legislative stadium task force voted overwhelmingly to ask the Legislature to consider building two stadiums, with revenue to be generated from everything from income tax paid by visiting players to fees on rental cars and team-related merchandise to pick up the tab. The Minnesota 2002 Legislative session opens today.
* Former Viking News I -- Mike Mularkey, the former Viking tight end who led the Steelers offense to the brink of the Super Bowl, is expected to interview today or Wednesday for the vacant Tampa Bay head coaching job.
* One previous longshot for the Vikings OC job, Bruce Coslett, is officially off the list -- having agreed to a contract to be the OC of the Dallas Cowboys.
* Former Viking News II -- First Jack Del Rio gets a job as the DC in Carolina, then Sherm Lewis lands in Detroit. Now it looks like Emmitt Thomas is closing in on a job. After Kurt Schottenheimer refused to stay as defensive coordinator in Washington, the Redskins are looking for someone new, as VU is being told Thomas is "at or near the top" of their list of three or four candidates, according to a Redskins source.
* Tice received permission to talk to Seattle assistant and former Packers linebacker Johnnie Holland about the vacant Vikings special teams coach position.
* Since when did Lee Flowers become the new Warren Sapp? Flowers, a marginal talent with a Pro Bowl mouth, flapped his gums all year, first getting headlines when he called the Buccaneers "paper champions" -- guys who talk a big game but never get it done. Guess what, Flowers? Neither did you and, following the Sunday home loss to the Patriots, Flowers blasted teammates who play special teams and said some of them should be cut. While VU is being told the Steelers may fire their special teams coach as a result of allowing two touchdowns Sunday, the team would be better off to stick a gag in Flowers' big mouth.

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