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Mike Tice hopes to get back into coaching

MIKE TICE High school: Central Islip (1977) NFL:

High school: Central Islip (1977)
NFL: Seahawks (1981-88, 1990-91), Redskins (1989), Vikings (1992-95)
Tice played 177 games in his 14 year career in the NFL as a tight end and scored 11 touchdowns. After his playing career ended in 1995 he joined the Vikings’ coaching staff. He became the organization’s sixth head coach in 2001. He’s currently a coach with the Bears. Credit: Handout

Former Vikings head coach Mike Tice, a Bayshore native who played at Central Islip and then at Maryland before enjoying a 14-year career as an NFL tight end, won’t be coaching this season. It’s the first time since 1996 that he isn’t coaching, and he admits there are some symptoms.

But it’s not as if he didn’t try landing another job. After being fired by the Bears, Tice couldn’t hook on with another team as an offensive line or tight ends coach.

“My brain is a little more relaxed,” Tice told Bob Sansavere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It hasn't helped my golf game. I'm still swinging too hard.”

Tice said he was beaten out for several jobs by younger candidates, but used a little humor to deal with the disappointment.

“There were a few things that came up but those jobs got filled up by other coaches, most notably younger coaches,” he said. “I joined the Y. I'm trying to look young. I'm not sure they can help with my hair loss. Maybe I'll try that spray-on hair stuff.”

Tice, 54, said he hopes to rejoin the NFL in 2014.

“I plan on working as long as I can work,” said Tice, who lives in Seattle with his wife, Diane. “After being around Diane for four months, if I retire, she may poison me.”

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