Former Houston Oilers quarterback Gifford Nielsen was relieved of his duties as color analyst for Oilers radio broadcasts, the Houston Post reported Saturday.
Nielsen, a former Brigham Young QB and now sports director at KHOU-TV, said he was told he was fired after three seasons on the KODA-FM broadcasts because of "differences with Head Coach Jerry Glanville."Glanville, however, told the Post he had nothing to do with the dismissal.
"I wish I had that kind of power," Glanville said. "No one's ever allowed me to make those kinds of decisions."
Nielsen said he was told his much-publicized feud with Glanville was the reason given for his firing by KODA General Manager Dusty Black and Oilers General Manager Ladd Herzeg.
Glanville and Nielsen have had problems apparently arising from commentaries Nielsen made on the air. The problems escalated in training camp last season after Nielsen called for Glanville's dismissal in a televised commentary.
"There was a difference of opinion then," Glanville said. "He wanted me to be fired and I didn't want to get fired. It's hard to like people who want to get you fired.
"But I didn't have anything to do with him being fired now. If I had the power to fire him, I would have done it last year when he was trying to get me fired.
"I don't know what he's like on the air. While he does his radio broadcasts, I'm usually working and I've never heard him."