Twin Cities media outlets have begun reporting that, regardless of what the Vikings do tomorrow against the Bears, coach Mike Tice will be fired on Monday.
The reports, which began with the word from WCCO Radio that Zygi Wilf will relieve Tice of his duties was quickly picked up by local television stations. Even a veteran newspaper columnist who earlier this week proclaimed Tice would be coming back, has come around to saying the handwriting is on the wall.
Wilf hasn't commented on the story -- he's vacationing in Colorado -- but it seems clear that Tice is not only on the hot seat, but heading out the door.
VU will be at the Vikings Monday press conference to report on what (if anything) happens with Tice. Wilf and the other owners are all expected to be at Winter Park Monday when a decision will most likely be announced.
Depending on who wins Sunday, the Vikings already know seven of their eight opponents at home in 2006. Still to be decided is who finishes second in the NFC South -- the Buccaneers or Panthers. That team will join the Bears, Packers, Lions, Rams, Cardinals, Patriots and Jets as the home portion of the Vikings 2006 schedule.
* Marcus Robinson returned to practice Friday after missing two practices with the flu.
* Anthony Herrera was fined $5,000 by the league for a chop block in last Sunday's game vs. the Ravens.
Tice To Get Fired?
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