Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz has denied a published report that he is stepping up efforts to become head coach of the Minnesota Vikings or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Columnist Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News on Thursday quoted unidentified sources as saying the impetus for Holtz's job hunt is the NCAA's 21/2-year investigation of the University of Minnesota, where Holtz coached in 1984 and 1985.