Houston Oilers coach Jerry Glanville isn't commenting about it, Detroit Lions general manager Russ Thomas is denying it and Oilers owner Bud Adams said he will not allow it to happen.
The "it" is recent speculation about whether Glanville will be the Lions' next coach.The Houston Post reported Wednesday that Glanville unofficially met with Detroit and was offered a five-year, $3 million contract.
Although Glanville has refused to comment, the Lions' general manager denied the report.
"If I had any interest in Jerry Glanville, I would talk first with Bud Adams and (Houston general manager) Ladd Herzeg," Thomas told KRIV-TV in Houston in a telephone interview Wednesday.
"If (Lions owner) Bill Ford was interested in Jerry Glanville, he'd tell me and we would follow the rules. That's why we have rules," Thomas said.
Adams, meanwhile, said he would not release Glanville from the remaining two years of his five-year contract with the Oilers.
"That's something I don't even want to talk about," Adams said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's got a contract for two more years and he has to honor it. I'm not interested in Jerry Glanville coaching anywhere else. That's why you sign contracts, so you won't have to deal with these things."
Glanville would not discuss the subject Tuesday, saying, "I'm just trying to get ready for the Cardinals." The Oilers host the Phoenix Cardinals on Sunday in the Astrodome.
Glanville, who was born and raised in Detroit, once wrote an essay in the eighth grade saying he was going to be the head coach of the Lions some day. He also has been friends with Ford since he had his first NFL coaching job with the Lions in 1974.
Adams said he would not even allow Glanville to talk to the Lions about the job.