Not yet hired, Glanville active with defense in session

Updated: March 29, 2005, 6:18 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HONOLULU -- Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville participated in Hawaii's first spring practice Tuesday, which virtually confirmed his hiring as the Warriors associate coach as reported by ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli on Monday.

Neither Glanville nor the school would say if he has officially joined June Jones' staff.

Glanville, 63, who hasn't coached since being fired by the Atlanta Falcons following the 1993 season, said only that he was just an "observer."

"I'm just watching," he said after a two-hour practice during which he led the defense, barking instructions and moving players around. "I'm a candidate trying to pass an interview."

University policy prohibits the coaching job from being filled until at least the end of the week. Monday was the closing date to accept applications for the position.

Glanville would help run the Warriors' defense, which ranked 117 out of 118 Division I schools last season. The Warriors were worst in the nation against the run.

"I asked all the coaches how the vote was going and they told me I'm in a little trouble," Glanville joked. "So I'm trying to suck up and get some more votes."

Jones, who succeeded Glanville at Atlanta, said he was still interviewing about four candidates and expected to make a decision shortly. None of the other candidates have been publicly identified.

Jones downplayed Glanville's presence at Tuesday's practice.

"It's still part of the interview process -- observing," Jones said with a smile. "He's got to observe one more day."

He said Glanville is a candidate for the associate coach job, a position created by the departure of offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh to Oregon State. Mouse Davis was moved from special teams coach to lead the offensive line.

Jones, who also worked under Glanville at the Houston Oilers, thinks highly of his old boss.

"Jerry is just a good guy, once you get to know him, you'll appreciate him like I do," he said.

Wearing black shorts with the Warriors logo and a big white cowboy hat, Glanville stood out at practice like a pale tourist on Waikiki Beach. He was the most energetic person on the field, with his voice resonating through Manoa Valley.

"I said, 'You are one of a kind.' I'm sure he will help us greatly," Davis said. "I'm just so excited that he's here. He will have a great impact on the kids."

Glanville spent Monday attending meetings and meeting with players.

Linebacker Tanuvasa Moe said he's excited to work with Glanville and was in awe of his enthusiasm.

"He seems like a great guy," Moe said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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