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September 5, 1989 | G.D. CLAY, Newsday
In January, Dennis Green evaluated his situation and decided to take this point of view: Don't believe the hype. Report after report had appeared on the wire services and in newspapers claiming he was the front-runner for the job as football coach at Stanford, a university long known for its ability to mix academics with winning athletics. But he remembered history. The history that told him not to get his hopes up.
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January 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Dennis Green couldn't get the Arizona Cardinals into contention. Jim Mora couldn't keep the Atlanta Falcons in contention. Both are now unemployed. The first two coaching dismissals after the NFL season came quickly. Less than 24 hours after their teams concluded losing campaigns, the Cardinals canned Green and the Falcons fired Mora. Each had his job for three seasons.
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January 4, 1989 | JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer
Dennis Green, an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, was named to succeed the fired Jack Elway at Stanford Tuesday, becoming the first black head football coach in the Pacific 10 Conference. "I've always felt a part of Stanford," said Green, 39, who served 3 years as a Cardinal assistant before becoming the head coach at Northwestern.
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January 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dennis Green, one of the winningest NFL coaches in the 1990s, signed a five-year contract Wednesday night to guide the struggling Arizona Cardinals. The 54-year-old Green, who had a 97-62 record in 10 seasons with Minnesota and led the Vikings into the playoffs eight times, spent the day in San Diego exchanging faxes and phone calls with Cardinal officials in Tempe. The Cardinals did not release details on his salary.
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January 16, 1992 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Walsh has accepted an offer to return to Stanford as its football coach, according to media reports. Walsh, who coached at Stanford in 1977 and '78, was offered a five-year contract worth $350,000 a year by Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland, the San Francisco Examiner reported Wednesday. The Examiner and ESPN said a news conference will be held today at Burnham Pavilion. The Stanford job opened Friday when Dennis Green announced he was leaving to become coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
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August 29, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Bring up the subject of color, and Dennis Green might see red. As the new football coach at Stanford University, Green, 40, is the first black in such a position in Pacific 10 Conference history. He is one of only four black football coaches at a major college. Green was one of the final candidates for the Raider job when it was open 18 months ago. Had he been picked, he would have been the first black head coach in the National Football League. But don't try to classify Green as a pioneer.
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January 25, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Viking Coach Dennis Green hired Kansas City secondary coach Tony Dungy as his defensive coordinator.
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May 9, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Dennis Green, 23, a strength coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was killed in a car crash in San Antonio, Fla.
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February 19, 2002 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with the reality they would lose him one way or another, the Oakland Raiders traded Coach Jon Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday for four draft picks--two first-rounders and two second-rounders--and $8 million. "You never try to get too surprised in this business, but this certainly was surprising," Gruden told The Times in a phone interview from his Pleasanton, Calif., home.
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January 4, 2002 | Times Wire Services
Minnesota Viking Coach Dennis Green may be fired by team owner Red McCombs next week, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources. The Vikings (5-10) will miss the playoffs this season for only the second time under Green, who has been Minnesota's coach since 1992. Minnesota had never had a losing record during his tenure. He is expected to meet with McCombs on Tuesday, the day after the Vikings play their regular-season finale at Baltimore.
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December 12, 2001 | Associated Press
Minnesota owner Red McCombs says Dennis Green "absolutely" will be the team's coach in 2002, regardless of how the Vikings fare this season. McCombs was thrilled with the Vikings' dominating performance in their 42-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Minnesota is 5-7. Green has finished .500 or better in each of his previous nine seasons with the Vikings. Publicly, McCombs has remained supportive of Green's performance throughout the season.
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January 15, 2001 | MIKE PENNER
Bud Grant could never win the big one, going 0-4 with the Minnesota Vikings in four Super Bowl appearances. But Dennis Green can't even win the next-to-the-big one, his record in NFC championship games now 0-2. And an ugly 0-2 it is. January 1999: With a 15-1 regular-season record and an offense that had just shattered the league's single-season scoring record, Green's Vikings lost at home to Chris Chandler and the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 30-27.
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December 10, 2000 | BILL PLASCHKE
The bear of a man could stare down thundering John Randle, straighten up raucous Cris Carter, shut up rowdy Jim McMahon. But he couldn't do anything about the whispers. Whispers about his intelligence. Whispers about his personal life. The constant, droning whispers about his color. In 1998, six years after Dennis Green of the Minnesota Vikings became the second black head coach in the history of the NFL, the whispers reached the ear of his new boss.
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October 15, 2000 | From Associated Press
An offseason of criticism is nothing new for Minnesota Viking coach Dennis Green. Neither is a winning season. This one is turning out no different. Green entrusted the team to a raw quarterback, turned over much of his coaching staff and released a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for starters, yet the Vikings are 5-0 going into tonight's game at Chicago. "The seat's hot," said Viking defensive line coach Fred vonAppen, "and he's willing to sit in it."
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September 1, 2000 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
Daunte Culpepper's promising exhibition season has prompted Minnesota Coach Dennis Green to suggest the Vikings could reach the Super Bowl. Green forgets the one thing that will always keep the Vikings from reaching that goal: Dennis Green. Will Brett Favre play for Green Bay? "If I'm going to play Sunday, I'm going to cut it loose," Favre said Thursday. But it doesn't matter whether he plays. It's not 1995 anymore. The Packers will be lucky to avoid the cellar in the Central.
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October 13, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD
TOP 5 1. St. Louis Rams Rested and ready to resume assault on record book. 2. Minnesota Vikings Dennis Green is looking like the coach of the year. 3. Tennessee Titans How can Jacksonville call it a rivalry if Jaguars never win? 4. Miami Dolphins Green has competition from Dave Wannstedt. 5. Baltimore Ravens Imagine this team with an offense. Or without a kicker. BOTTOM 5 27. Chicago Bears McNown will get better someday. Probably not this season. 28.
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September 29, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER
TOP 5 1. ST. LOUIS The Rams have added a new element: defense. That's scary. 2. MINNESOTA Dennis Green erases doubts, owners smartly erase his old contract, give him a longer one. 3. MIAMI Has anybody ever won a 2-0 victory in the NFL? The Dolphins might. 4. NEW YORK JETS Still not impressive, except for their record. 5. TAMPA BAY The Buccaneers were impressed. BOTTOM 5 27. NEW ORLEANS Saints back in familiar territory. 28. PITTSBURGH Even the officials are beating the Steelers. 28.
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