Davis has told agent to decline if called

Updated: December 12, 2003, 12:03 AM ET
Associated Press

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis tried to end persistent rumors by saying he has no interest in interviewing for the Nebraska coaching job.

"I have no interest whatsoever in going to Nebraska," Davis said after practice Thursday.

Davis said he liked Cornhuskers athletic director Steve Pederson, but the coach told his agent Marvin Demoff a few weeks ago to politely decline if the school called.

"There are too many unfinished things here," Davis said. "There's a lot left to accomplish, so I have no interest in that job."

The 52-year-old Davis is in the third year of a five-year, $16 million contract with the Browns. He took Cleveland to the playoffs last season, but injuries have hurt the Browns (4-9), who have lost six of seven going into Sunday's game at Denver.

Bo Pelini was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach for Nebraska (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) after Frank Solich was fired Nov. 29 despite a 9-3 record this season. The Cornhuskers will face Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.


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