By Kent Larsen
Despite News Reports, Reid Says Not Looking at BYU Job
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- Despite news reports in the
Philadelphia Inquirer that LDS officials were trying to influence
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid to replace LaVell Edwards at
BYU, on Saturday Reid again emphasized that he is not looking at the
job. "I'm not even addressing that," Reid said yesterday. "There's
nothing there. . . . I'm still looking to see who my 'friend' is."
The Inquirer cited a 'friend' who claimed that LDS Church official
had spoken to Reid about the job.
This is the third time this season that Reid has denied Rumors that
he is looking at the position, but Reid says the possibility hasn't
been a distraction for him, the Eagles Staff or any of the team's
players. "The distraction part of that, I put out of my mind. There's
nothing there. I don't address it. I'm not communicating with them.
I'm into this season. I'm into the Dallas Cowboys right now, and
that's where I'm at." The Eagles played the Cowboys Sunday.
Reid also indicated that he will honor his contract with the Eagles,
which runs through 2003, and that he wouldn't look at BYU until after
the season ends. "Nothing is going to happen unless they get rid of
me here," Reid said. "Then something has to happen."
BYU's Athletic Director Val Hale also wasn't much help to the
Inquirer on the story. He declined to comment on whether Reid is a
candidate for the position. "We promised our candidates we wouldn't
discuss whether or not they are candidates," Hale said.
Hale did confirm that the new head coach would have to be approved by
a General Authority of the LDS Church and would need to be a member
of the Church in good standing. But, he added that the coaching
position isn't a "calling" in the LDS Church. "I wish it was," Hale
joked, "because that would mean we wouldn't have to pay him. Within
the Mormon faith, a calling is something God asks you to do, and it
is done on a volunteer basis."
Reid shrugs off talk about BYU job
Philadelphia PA Inquirer 4Nov00 S2
By Ron Reid and Phil Sheridan: Inquirer Staff Writers