Chuck Knox, who resigned last week as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, will interview with the Indianapolis Colts Friday for the team's head coaching vacancy.
A source close to the team said yesterday that Colts general manager Jim Irsay would meet with Knox either at the team's Indianapolis headquarters or in Chicago.
Knox would become the second of at least four candidates, including interim coach Rick Venturi. Venturi was promoted from defensive coordinator five games into the season when Ron Meyer was fired. The Colts were 1-10 under Venturi, 1-15 overall.
Irsay and his father, team owner Robert Irsay, met with Michigan State coach George Perles last Thursday in Chicago.
Two other candidates still to be interviewed are San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda, who was the Colts head coach in Baltimore for four years (1976-79), compiling a 31-29 regular-season record and two first-place finishes in the AFC East. He was fired after consecutive 5-11 seasons.
Knox and Holmgren are being sought by several other teams.
Holmgren is scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Rams tomorrow, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday and the Minnesota Vikings next week. He met with the Green Bay Packers last weekend.
* STEELERS: The team has asked permission of the Chicago Bears to talk to defensive coordinator Vince Tobin about replacing retired coach Chuck Noll.
* PACKERS: President Bob Harlan denied a CBS report that the club had come to contract terms with former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells and a meeting tomorrow with general manager Ron Wolf would finalize the deal.
"Ron has visited with him, but they still haven't finalized anything," Harlan said. "He still has to go out there and talk with Bill [tomorrow or Friday]. That's exactly where we are now."
* BUCCANEERS: Defensive coach Floyd Peters, fired last week, became the first applicant to meet with team owner Hugh Culverhouse since Parcells declined a lucrative offer.
Culverhouse praised Peters, but Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan apparently continues to be the lead candidate. He called the team owner Monday, and Culverhouse said he intends to contact Ryan tomorrow to schedule a meeting.
* PATRIOTS: The Boston Globe reported that the team could be close to settling a lawsuit with former Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson, who said she was harassed by team owner Victor Kiam and three players.
Olson filed suit last April against Kiam, former general manager Patrick Sullivan, and players Zeke Mowatt, Michael Timpson and Robert Perryman.