Reeves, Giants appear on par for deal But for now, coach is on golf vacation

January 22, 1993|By Barry Meisel | Barry Meisel,New York Daily News

NEW YORK -- Dan Reeves was not en route to Newark Airport yesterday from Denver. He was not flying east from anywhere. He was in Palm Springs, Calif., playing golf, on a brief vacation with his wife, Pam.

There is no news conference scheduled today at Giants Stadium because as of last night, the 49-year-old former Broncos coach had not officially accepted an offer to become the Giants' new coach.

But don't sweat, Giants fans. This doesn't figure to be GM George Young's third strike. According to a source, Reeves wants the job.

The only reason he wasn't standing behind a podium in Giants Stadium today is because he and his wife planned this weekend vacation at one of their favorite getaway spots well in advance and wanted a few days to themselves. And Reeves had a golf tournament yesterday.

There doesn't seem to be a problem between Reeves and Young over who controls what in the organizational hierarchy. Young, of course, has not confirmed that Reeves was offered the job sometime during the last 48 hours.

In fact, the 62-year-old GM who tried and failed to get Tom Coughlin from Boston College and Dave Wannstedt from the Dallas Cowboys continued to avoid comment on his third candidate to replace Ray Handley.

Young was, however, returning phone calls for the first time since he returned from Denver on Wednesday after meeting with Reeves for four hours on Tuesday.

"The only problem I'm having is I just don't want to indicate anything," Young said. "I don't want to do it. I hate to stonewall, but I just have to stonewall. I don't have anything to report."

Reeves could not be reached for comment.

The Giants want Reeves, of that there is no doubt. Reeves wants to coach again. That is certain, also. When he accepts, he probably will get a five-year contract worth an estimated $4 million.

He earned $950,000 last year from the Broncos, who fired him on Dec. 28.

Super Bowl XXVII week starts Monday, which means the Giants likely will introduce the 14th head coach in franchise history both in East Rutherford and Los Angeles.

Reeves had three different plane reservations in his name from Denver to Newark on Thursday, but he was not a confirmed passenger on any of those flights.

"I talked to him at 8:45 a.m. his time," said his son, Lee Reeves. "He was getting ready to go to the golf course."

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