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Vikings Head Coach Abruptly Steps Down


Ha. Tricked you. It’s not Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress I’m referring to – much to the dismay of some Vikings fans, despite the team’s 8-1 record – it’s Jerry Glanville. The former NFL head coach of the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons in the late eighties and early nineties has stepped down as head coach of the Portland State Vikings as the team has struggled to a 2-9  (1-7 in the Big Sky Conference) – the worst season for Oregon State since 1982.

Glanville’s decision was announced by athletic director Torre Chisholm during a news conference on Tuesday, which Glanville did not attend, so it’s a pretty much unknown why Glanville elected to resign, although the poor record of the Vikings may have had something to do with it.

Many of you may remember Glanville as a kooky fella who always wore black and often was seen wearing a cowboy hat and frequently left tickets at the gate for Elvis Presley for games. In fact, Glanville wrote a book entitled Elvis Don’t Like Football and is credited for bringing about the popularity of the Run & Shoot offense (with Warren Moon orchestrating it) in the NFL. After his coaching career in the NFL came to an end, Glanville brought his unique perspective to HBO’s Inside the NFL, CBS’s The NFL Today/NFL on CBS as well as working for Fox.

Happy trails, Mr. Glanville. Football won’t be the same without you. You know, maybe he finally found Elvis. Good for him.

Jerry Glanville quits as Portland State football coach [Oregon Live]
The Big Black Attack [SI]
Jerry Glanville Resigns at Portland State [Fanhouse]