FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator
Mike Zimmer interviewed for Nebraska's coaching job Monday in Lincoln.
Zimmer, who helped build a Cowboys defense that ranked No. 1 in
the National Football League for 2003, joined the Dallas staff nine
years ago. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2000 and was
one of just a handful of carry-overs from the previous staff to
serve under coach Bill Parcells.
Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson has indicated that
interim coach Bo Pelini and quarterbacks coach Turner Gill, a Fort
Worth native, also will be interviewed in the search for a
replacement for Frank Solich. The Cornhuskers fired Solich in
November after a 9-3 regular season.
Nebraska finished 10-3, beating Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl
Before joining the Cowboys, Zimmer also coached at Illinois
State, Missouri, Weber State and Missouri. His father, Bill,
coached at Bradley.
Zimmer and Cowboys officials did not return telephone calls
early Monday from The Associated Press.
Arkansas coach Houston Nutt rejected Nebraska's $2 million
coaching offer, saying strong family ties and a job left undone
kept him with the Razorbacks. Nebraska also expressed interest in
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders, but he also
said he didn't want the job.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon and Sean Payton,
assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach, were also likely to be
considered for head coaching jobs in the off-season, according to
the report. Both have been linked to the Raiders' opening and could
be interviewed in the next week.
The Cowboys' season ended in a 29-10 loss to Carolina on
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.