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Sullivan denies pursuing Boston College opening

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December

It's silly season in coaching circles right now, with plenty of rumors and speculation surrounding who might land in different openings - both in college and the NFL.

That included Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, with ESPN reporting over the weekend that he expressed interest in the then-vacant Boston College head coaching opening. That job eventually went to Temple's Steve Addazio, a former Gators assistant.

But Sullivan indicated Wednesday he never pursued the Boston College job.

"All of my attention, all of my focus, all of my energy has been and will continue to be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense - improvement, consistency, getting us to be our best on Sunday," Sullivan said. "This is the time of year, starting with college jobs and subsequent weeks with the pro jobs, there's going to be rumors and inuendo or speculation, whatever the case may be. Let's set the record straight, before I would ever initiate, contact or pursue or inquire about a job, the first thing I would do is talk to coach Schiano, second thing would be talk to Mark Dominik, the general manager, then of course ownership, the Glazer family. None of these conversations occurred. I'm totally focused on the task at hand, and that is getting this team, getting this offense in position where we can perform at a high level, get that consistency that we need and a win on Sunday in a huge game against Philadelphia."

But there seems to be more traction in talks involving Bucs special assistant Butch Davis, as multiple reports are saying he's emerged as the leading candidate for the FIU job. It would make sense with Davis' experience, both in college at Miami and North Carolina, as well as in the NFL. Davis also is apparently close with FIU athletic director Pete Garcia, who worked with him at Miami from 1995-2000.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano wouldn't address Davis' situation specifically, but acknowledges that having coaches linked to other openings comes with the territory.

"If you hire good coaches, other people are going to come and try to take your coaches," Schiano said. "That's a compliment. And in all my time at Rutgers we lost a lot of coaches to other programs, and everyone would get mad and I'd say, 'Hey guys, that means we're hiring the right coaches. When no one wants to hire your guys, then you hired the wrong coaches."

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 3:17pm]

    

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