UCF contacts defensive coordinator

Updated: November 24, 2003, 5:43 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George O'Leary has been contacted by Central Florida about its vacant head coaching position.

O'Leary acknowledged Monday that Central Florida athletic director Steve Orsini placed an exploratory call to him last week. Orsini was an assistant AD at Georgia Tech when O'Leary coached there.

"I'm sure there will be others that come up, too, but I'm coaching," O'Leary said, referring to his current job. "What can I do?"

Georgia Tech's head coach for eight seasons, O'Leary was hired by Notre Dame in December 2001. He resigned less than a week later, admitting he lied on his resume two decades earlier in an effort to jump-start his career.

Vikings coach Mike Tice, who played for O'Leary at Central Islip (N.Y.) High School in the mid-1970s, hired his former mentor as an assistant nearly a month after the Notre Dame news broke.


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