Coach wants to remain in NFL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Jim Fassel will not interview for coaching vacancies at Notre Dame and Stanford, opting instead to continue his pursuit of an NFL job as a head coach.

"I have no plans to pursue or accept a college job this year," he said Monday.

Fassel was head coach of the New York Giants from 1997 to 2003. Now a senior consultant with the Baltimore Ravens, he has been working extensively with the offense while overseeing the developing second-year quarterback Kyle Boller.

His ultimate goal is to serve as an NFL head coach again, and for that reason he decided to dispel the rumors that he was a candidate to take over at Notre Dame or Stanford. The Irish are
seeking to replace Tyrone Willingham, who was fired last week, and Stanford is looking for a successor for Buddy Teevens, who was dismissed on Nov. 29.

"I want to end some of the speculation regarding my coaching future," Fassel said. "It's flattering to have my name associated with elite and very special collegiate programs. However, my intention is to return to the NFL as a head coach next season. My passion is to help a franchise go to and win the Super Bowl."

Fassel led the Giants to two NFL East titles and in 2000 he guided New York to a 12-4 record and a berth in the Super Bowl, where the Giants lost 34-7 to the Ravens.

His six-year run with New York ended in 2003 after the Giants lost their final eight games to finish 4-12.

Fassel, 55, was an assistant coach with Stanford from 1979-83. He was credited with recruiting and coaching John Elway, who finished second in balloting for the Heisman Trophy and went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Denver Broncos.