Mariucci is a former Cal coach

Updated: December 4, 2004, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Saturday he was contacted by Notre Dame about its coaching vacancy but decided to stay with Detroit.

"I am absolutely 100 percent committed to the Detroit Lions and my desire to build the Lions into a winner," Mariucci said in a statement.

The Irish also talked to Urban Meyer, before he decided to leave Utah for Florida on Friday.

Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White, who was in Ann Arbor for Saturday's Notre Dame-Michigan men's basketball game, declined comment.

Mariucci is a former head coach at California.


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