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RICHARDS: Riley turns down Alabama job

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Darryl Richards

 
   
 
New Orleans Saints assistant coach Mike Riley will not accept the head coaching position at . The school had offered Riley the job but wanted a answer sooner rather than later. Riley, who is also considered to be a head-coaching candidate at , was not ready to make a decision, so he took his name out of the running. Riley said he plans to visit after the Saints' home game against on Sunday. Riley, speaking at the Saints' practice field, called himself a "pretty deliberate person." "I asked about an opportunity to wait a little bit," he said. "They exercised their prerogative and said they needed to go on." offered Riley the job after Dennis Franchione left for last week. fired coach Bob on Monday. Moore did not immediately return a message left at his office Friday. The 49-year-old Riley played defensive back for the Crimson Tide under Bear Bryant in the early 1970s, but Riley's family still lives in . Riley has spent much of his career on the West Coast. He was USC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for four years before becoming coach at . He coached the San Diego Chargers for three seasons before he was fired on Dec. 31. Moore interviewed Riley and coach Jim Leavitt on Tuesday, but Leavitt was removed from consideration Thursday when his school signed him to a five-year, $2.8 million contract extension. defensive coordinator Carl Torbush repeatedly expressed interest in the job, but he said Thursday he has agreed to run Franchione's defense at . "I waited as long as I could," Torbush said. Other candidates believed to be considered for the job are 's Les Miles, 's Rich Rodriguez and 's Mike Price. 's next coach must deal with another year of NCAA sanctions, which occurred before Franchione arrived. He said the probation, which includes a postseason ban this year and next, as well as scholarship reductions, was a major factor in him leaving Tuscaloosa after just two seasons. Two years ago, 's Tommy Bowden, 's Frank Beamer and Miami's Butch Davis passed on the job. Bowden and Beamer re-signed with their schools for seven-figure salaries and Davis left for the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, athletic director Dan Guerrero is set to interview Denver Broncos assistant Karl Dorrell and City Chiefs assistant coach Greg Robinson on Saturday in Denver, where the Chiefs and Broncos play Sunday. Dorrell is a former receiver and Robinson is a former assistant. Guerrero has said there is no deadline as far as hiring a coach is concerned.
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