Tice Misses Out on Jets Job

The Jets interviewed Mike Tice Monday morning, but reports as of late Monday night say the job has been accepted elsewhere.

The first step in the process of Mike Tice trying to get his coaching career back on track was to get the first job interviews set up. He got that chance Monday when he was one of two candidates being interviewed for the vacant Jets coaching position.

However, VU has been told that an official announcement that the Jets have hired Eric Mangini, the defensive coordinator for the Patriots, will be made today.

Tice, who was the first coach fired after the season ended, was said to have interviewed very well and laid out a vision of what he expected from his team that was "very detail oriented," according to one source.

Tice isn't currently scheduled for interviews for the other NFL head coaching openings. He may opt to take a year away from coaching while his son, Nate, finishes his senior year in high school. At that point, Tice would likely consider moving out of the area to become an assistant somewhere else in the league.

Some NFL experts have speculated that all of the remaining head job openings could be filled by the end of the week.

* Two high-profile candidates have emerged as potential general managers for the Vikings -- Rick Spielman and Ron Hill. Spielman is the former G.M. of the Dolphins who worked with Rob Brzezinski when both were in Miami and Hill is the former G.M. of the Falcons.
* The Greater Mankato Training Camp LLC, which was formed to keep the Vikings training camp in Mankato, announced it has dissolved due to lack of revenue. While it is too late for the Vikings to change the location of their training camp for 2006, it looks like the camp site for 2007 and beyond will go out for bids.
* The Vikings added two more coaches Monday, signing UCLA RB coach Eric Bienemy and LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar for similar posts on the Vikings coaching staff.
* The Vikings re-hired Sid Pillai, who was the coaches support assistant under Tice, to a new deal Monday. Pillai is the first member of the Tice staff that has been re-hired under the Childress Administration.

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