ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings' new offensive coordinator will be the University of Louisville's Scott Linehan.
"I was offered the job, and I have accepted it," Linehan said Friday.
Linehan, 38, is accepting his first job in the NFL. He was offensive coordinator at Louisville for the past three seasons. The Cardinals led Conference USA in offense during all three.
Vikings coach Mike Tice was in New Orleans for the Super Bowl Friday and unavailable for comment. He had said he would announce his decision on Tuesday. But Linehan told reporters he's excited about taking the job.
"I remember sitting here watching the Vikings on television the last few years and thinking, 'Boy is this team loaded,"' Linehan said. "With the exception of the running back 1/8Robert Smith 3/8 retiring, I think a lot of those guys are still there and can be explosive. This can be a pretty good offensive machine."
The other finalists for the job were Minnesota quarterbacks coach Alex Wood and Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. Tice gave each of them two interviews and said earlier he wanted to take his time with the choice the to make sure he made the right decision.
Special teams coach is the last position Tice needs to fill on his staff.
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