Mike Zimmer to become coach of Minnesota Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Mike Zimmer, who has been an NFL assistant coach for 20 years, has been hired to be the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

Kelly says thanks, but no thanks to Bucs

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Oregon football Coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has decided not to pursue the head coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bengals name Zimmer defensive coordinator

CINCINNATI, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals named Mike Zimmer their new defensive coordinator Tuesday.

Falcons Coach Petrino going to Arkansas

ATLANTA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons Coach Bobby Petrino resigned Tuesday, just 13 games into his first season in the NFL.

Norv Turner to coach San Diego Chargers

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Norv Turner has been hired to be the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Rivera mentioned for new Cowboys staff

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ron Rivera, the Chicago Bears defensive coordinator, is being mentioned in the same capacity for the new Dallas Cowboys staff.

Parcells apologizes for slur

DALLAS, June 8 (UPI) -- Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has apologized for using a racial slur offensive to many Japanese during a training camp news conference.

Seven coaches fired at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Bill Callahan, the new football coach at Nebraska, has dismissed seven assistants, including defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

Callahan gets Nebraska job

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Bill Callahan, fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders on New Year's Eve, has been hired as football coach at the University of Nebraska.

Analysis: Nebraska hits a road block

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The University of Nebraska appears to be getting a wake-up call on the college football front.

Report: Callahan to coach Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The Lincoln Journal Star reported Thursday night that Bill Callahan has agreed to become coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Zimmer gets contract extension

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Two days after interviewing for the head coach's job at Nebraska, Mike Zimmer has signed a three-year contract extension to stay with the Dallas Cowboys.

Nebraska looks inside for new head coach

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- It looks like Nebraska could take a new coach from inside the organization, it was reported Tuesday.

Parcells names Carthon offense coordinator

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Bill Parcells took less than a week to name his coordinators, turning to trusted friend Maurice Carthon to run the offense and leaving Mike Zimmer in charge of

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By United Press International

Mike Zimmer (born June 5, 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is the Defensive Coordinator for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals. He is the son of former NFL player Bill Zimmer.

In high school, Zimmer was a successful multi-sport athlete who earned all-conference honors in football (1972-73), baseball, and wrestling at Lockport Township High School. He enrolled at Illinois State University with a major in physical education and played as a quarterback (1974) before being redshirted (1975) and moved to linebacker after suffering a broken thumb (1976). A neck injury ended his football career that year.

His first coaching job was as a part-time defensive assistant at the University of Missouri (1979-80). He then went to Weber State College, where he was the inside linebackers coach (1981-84), defensive backs coach (1985-88), and defensive coordinator (1983-88). He then went to Washington State University (1989-93) as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In 1993, the Cougars finished eighth in the nation in total defense and second in rushing defense.

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