New York Giants Coach Bill Parcells, coming off his second Super Bowl championship season in five years, reportedly was to resign Wednesday to pursue a broadcasting career.
ESPN, the sports cable network, said Tuesday night that Parcells will leave the post he has held for eight years to join NBC and said offensive coordinator Ray Handley is his likely successor. Parcells recently promoted Handley from running-back coach and named previous offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt assistant head coach. Erhardt, a previous head coach for New England, also has been mentioned as a candidate for Parcells' job.Parcells and Giants General Manager George Young were not available, and a team spokesman said he knew of no impending decision.
Boston Globe reporter Will McDonough, who works for NBC, also reported Tuesday night that Parcells would quit Wednesday. Reports quoting sources close to the club said Parcells set May 15 as his decision deadline.
Parcells, who will turn 50 in August, interviewed at NBC last week. He underwent kidney stone treatment late last season, and the coach known for his rapport with players admitted he was snapping at them late in the year. Parcells repeatedly has doubted whether he could make it 10 years in the league.
With the Giants, Parcells compiled a record of 77-49-1, including 13-3 last season. In 1989, the Giants won the NFC East with a 12-4 record.