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Vikings Hire Loney As Line Coach

January 15, 2002

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ The Minnesota Vikings hired Iowa State offensive coordinator Steve Loney as offensive line coach Tuesday.

Loney interviewed for the job Monday with new head coach Mike Tice. Loney was an assistant offensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals in 1993.

``We had a great meeting,″ Tice said. ``He was great on the (chalk) board, great with the other coaches that are here, great with the players we had him speak to.″

Loney helped Iowa State to its first bowl victory in December 2000 with a win over Pittsburgh in the Insight.com bowl. The Cyclones earned a berth in the Independence Bowl this past season and recorded their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1978-79.

He also coached the Minnesota Gophers’ offensive line in 1998 and 1999, helping the team average 415.4 yards and 31.6 points per game in 1999.

The Vikings hired former linebacker Pete Bercich as their defensive quality control assistant Monday. Tice has three coaching positions left to fill: offensive coordinator, offensive quality control and special teams.

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