DALLAS Parcells appears ready to take over
No announcement is scheduled, a team spokesman said.
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Bill Parcells appears to have a done deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Still, the two-time Super Bowl champion has walked away from deals that seemed done before, leaving some doubt about whether he's really going to make it to Big D.
Parcells told ESPN, where he has worked as a studio analyst, on Wednesday that he was taking the job, and there were widespread reports that he would be formally introduced during a news conference today.
"I'm going to do it," Parcells said, according to ESPN.com.
"Jerry has invested a lot in the Cowboys, and the thing that drives him more than anything else is his desire to win. That's the biggest common [denominator] we both have."
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple insisted no announcement was scheduled. Team owner Jerry Jones and Parcells' agent, Jimmy Sexton, didn't return phone calls to The Associated Press.
The New York Times and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the 61-year-old coach would travel to Dallas after doing his radio show in New Jersey this morning.
"I never thought I'd be doing this again -- but you never know," Parcells told The New York Times on Wednesday.
Even before firing coach Dave Campo on Monday, Jones had already had two conversations totaling more than 11 hours with Parcells, who last coached in 1999.
Citing an unidentified source, ESPN said Parcells signed a four-year, $17.1 million contract. The Dallas Morning News, quoting Sexton, reported the same figures.
The Cowboys have had three straight 5-11 seasons and are seven years removed from the last of their five Super Bowl championships. Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and took the New England Patriots to the NFL title game before three seasons with the New York Jets.
Parcell's career regular-season record is 138-100-1, and he's 11-6 in the postseason. Only Tom Landry, the first Cowboys coach, Don Shula, Chuck Noll and Joe Gibbs have more playoff victories.
Not yet final
The 61-year-old Parcells coached the last of his 15 NFL seasons with the Jets in 1999. When he left that job on Jan. 3, 2000, he said he'd never coach again and even wrote a book, "The Final Season: My Last Year as Head Coach in the NFL."
Since then, he jilted Tampa Bay for the second time.
Parcells was so close to joining the Buccaneers last year that he signed a contract. Tampa Bay, which wants compensation from any team that hires the coach, was scheduled to present its case to the commissioner's office today.
Two sources within the league told the AP that the Bucs would not receive any compensation because the deal Parcells signed was not forwarded to the league office and therefore never approved by commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
All three franchises Parcells coached had losing records before he took over and made the playoffs in his second season. He will be the first Cowboys coach who has previous experience as an NFL head coach.