Glanville Has Been Hired to Coach Last-Place Falcons, Paper Reports

From Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons will announce today that Jerry Glanville, who recently resigned as coach of the Houston Oilers, has been hired as Falcon coach, according to a published report.

The Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution reported in a copyright story that the announcement would be made at a news conference. Falcon officials weren't available to comment on the report.

Glanville, an assistant coach with the Falcons from 1977 to 1982, would succeed Marion Campbell, who retired with four games left in the season. Jim Hanifan served as interim coach, but was told that no member of the current staff would get the job.

The Falcons finished 3-13, and have the first selection in the 1990 NFL draft. The Falcons have finished last in the NFC West five of the last six seasons.

Glanville, 48, resigned from the Oilers Jan. 6 after Houston lost the AFC wild-card game at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Glanville had a 35-35 record in four seasons at Houston, after going 0-2 in 1985 when he was hired as interim coach. His playoff record with the Oilers was 2-3.

The newspaper said it couldn't reach Taylor Smith, Falcon executive vice president, or Ken Herock, vice president for player personnel, Saturday night.

The newspaper said sources close to Glanville and high-ranking league sources in Denver for Sunday's AFC Championship game confirmed he had been offered and accepted the job.

Glanville's wife, Brenda, told the newspaper only that her husband was "out of pocket" for the evening.

Glanville had an interview in Atlanta two days before he left the Oilers. The Falcons also interview Joe Bugel, an assistant with the Washington Redskins, and were thought to be interested in Mike Holmgren, offensive coach of the San Francisco 49ers, who play host to the Rams in the NFC Championship game today.

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