Tech's Ross denies that Vikings, him are talking

December 11, 1991|By Kamon Simpson | Kamon Simpson,Knight-Ridder

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Bobby Ross denied a report yesterday that he met with Minnesota Vikings officials this past weekend in Florida to discuss their coming coaching vacancy.

The report by The Atlanta Constitution quoted anonymous Vikings and NFL officials. The Vikings -- whose current coach, Jerry Burns, is retiring at the end of the season -- played at Tampa Bay Sunday night.

"I have not met with, spoken with or done anything relating to the Minnesota Vikings," said Ross, a former head coach at Maryland. "That was flat out not true. Where it came from, I don't know."

In January Ross also denied reports that he had interviewed for the Cleveland Browns coaching job until after he had turned down an offer. Then, Ross boarded a plane in New Orleans after an awards ceremony, flew to owner Art Modell's home in Ohio, and returned to Atlanta the next morning.

Ross said he was in Florida on Friday and Saturday on recruiting trips. He said he arrived in Orlando late Saturday afternoon for the Butkus Award dinner and presentation at the Orlando Touchdown Club. Tech outside linebacker Marco Coleman was a finalist for the award.

"It would have been impossible for me to have met with those people, while I was here [Atlanta]," Ross said.

Vikings president Roger L. Headrick declined to comment when asked if he had met with Ross.

Ross also again denied reports that he's been contacted about the vacancy at Texas, where David McWilliams resigned last week. Texas has received permission to talk to Stanford's Dennis Green and Illinois' John Mackovic.

Ross, 30-26-1 at Georgia Tech, signed a four-year contract extension in January worth slightly more than $1.5 million.

"I have a good job here," Ross said. "Georgia Tech is not an easy job. But I'm content."

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