Bieniemy stays, turns down USC

Whether it was confidence that he will be a coach on a Super Bowl champion or not, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy stayed loyal to the Vikings, staying with the team by turning down the chance to be the offensive coordinator at USC. He got a promotion for the decision, which keeps the coaching staff intact again this year.

The news that Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy had been promoted to assistant head coach-offense didn't come as a huge surprise – E.B. is loved and beloved by many on the Vikings – but how the raise in salary and title came about is what has some wondering.

Bieniemy showed both loyalty and patience in his decision to stay with the Vikings. He turned down a chance to become offensive coordinator at USC, a job that, while currently facing tough times after being hit with stiff NCAA sanctions, is viewed by many as a pretty plum assignment.

Lane Kiffin was brought in to stop the bleeding left after Pete Carroll bailed for the NFL. Kiffin is likely to be with the Trojans for a long time and hiring Bieniemy would have likely put him on the fast track to be a college head coach. It is a career-path offer many position coaches would jump at. E.B. didn't.

Bieniemy has been the position coach of Adrian Peterson since his arrival in the league and the coach will be easy for fans to spot at training camp. He is constantly in his players' faces to execute and know their assignments and isn't shy or quiet about letting his feelings be known.

There may come a time sooner than later that the Vikings coaching staff gets raided by the pro and college game. But, for 2010 anyway, the team has not only kept the band together among players, but among the coaching staff as well.


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