Vikings RBs Coach Turned Down USC Job

Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy turned down the USC offensive coordinator job, head coach Brad Childress said on Saturday.

Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy turned down the USC offensive coordinator job, head coach Brad Childress said on Saturday.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that in order to retain the highly respected Bieniemy, the Vikings have increased his salary and added the title of assistant head coach, a title also affixed to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

"Eric's a bright young guy, he's Adrian Peterson's mentor and obviously he has aspirations (to move up)," Childress said. "Like we talked about, there is no exact way to climb the ladder. It sounds extremely appealing, to live out there and recruit, and he's great at recruiting. You're talking about giant money and it costs giant money to live [in Southern California]. It was extremely appealing and maybe you become a head coach in college. But I think he has the ability to be a head coach at this level. He's a tremendous teacher."

For Bieniemy's thoughts on why he stayed, click here.

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July 25, 2010 at 05:19 am

God I'm glad Im a Packer!

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