MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dennis Green won't be coaching in the NFL next season. He'll be gone fishin'.
Less than a week after he was forced out as head coach and general manager of the Minnesota Vikings, Green revealed his plan Wednesday to appear on a weekly TV program about fishing.
Green, who agreed last Friday with owner Red McCombs on a buyout of his contract, would be an attractive candidate for a team with an opening despite Minnesota's rocky 5-11 season. He went 97-62 in 10 seasons -- eight of which ended in the playoffs -- and was one of three black head coaches in the league this season.
Green said his new venture "absolutely" ruled out a chance of him coaching in 2002, but said he "probably" would continue his coaching career in the future. He also sounded confident he'll be doing some studio analysis for NFL games next fall, declining to name the network.
But Green, 52, was more interested in talking about his fishing gig.
"I have a great passion for football," he said. "But you don't just take a job because it's there. It's clear that the right situation is not there for me right now. I'm focused on fishing."
Irwin Jacobs -- a former minority owner of the Vikings and chairman of a national marketer of competitive fishing tournaments -- asked Green to appear on "FLW Outdoors," a fishing show to be brodcast on the Pax Network.
Pax, a family-oriented network that's partially owned by NBC, airs on Channel 41 in the Twin Cities market. Green's program will be shown live on Saturday afternoons from a studio in Little Rock, Ark.
Green, who with his wife, Marie, was active in several local charities during his tenure with the Vikings, will provide tips for children and offer studio analysis as well as interview fishing experts.
"He's perfect for it," Jacobs said.
Green, recalling how his father taught him to fish at an early age, couldn't stop smiling about his opportunity to work extensively with one of his favorite hobbies.
"I've got it made," he said.
Said Jacobs: "Marie told me that Dennis had never been so excited in his life."
Green, wearing a black baseball cap, a blue denim shirt and a huge grin, chose not to criticize his employer since 1992 or comment on his likely successor, Vikings assistant Mike Tice.
"That's in the past," Green said. "I think there's nothing more to be said. I watched the game on Monday night. I rooted for them.
"You can't have everything go your way all the time. We didn't have a great season. But neither did Mike Holmgren, Jeff Fisher and Mike Shanahan. It was that kind of year."
Green left Wednesday afternoon for San Diego, where he'll spend the next several months with his family, doing work for a sports marketing firm he's involved in as well as preparing for the show. He wasn't sure if he'd continue to reside in Minneapolis.
On Friday, he talked about faith, family and football being his priorities in life. That's changed a little bit.
"Monday was going to be my first day unemployed in 30 years," Green said. "But Irwin came through for me. I'm still on target with the three F's. Faith, family and fishing."
Dave Campbell may be reached at dcampbell(at)ap.org.
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