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Thursday, November 22, 2007
Singletary decides opening at alma mater not best fit

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

Hall of Fame middle linebacker Mike Singletary, the assistant head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, has removed his name from consideration for the head coach's vacancy at Baylor, his alma mater.

Singletary, who many league observers feel will be a head coach in the NFL someday, met with Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw in the Bay Area on Monday, and the two spoke on Wednesday as well. But Singletary, who was also considered for the Baylor job a few years ago, determined the position was not a good fit.

Baylor fired coach Guy Morriss on Sunday after the team completed a 3-9 season.

"What happened was, we got to a point in the conversation where it just wasn't going to work... The more we talked about it, the more I knew -- and I think [McCaw] knew -- it wasn't going to work," Singletary told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, league sources indicated that Singletary likely would no longer pursue the job at Baylor, where he was a three-time All-American defender during hs college career (1977-80). Those sources also said that 49ers officials had requested that Singletary remain with the team through the balance of the season, even if he landed the Baylor position.

The former Chicago Bears' star linebacker said that he apprised McCaw that, "...unless you're talking about doing what it takes to win a national championship, you're talking to the wrong person."

Singletary, 49, played 12 season for the Bears (1981-92), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

After his retirement, he spent several years working as a motivational speaker, and in other businesses, before joining the Baltimore Ravens' coaching staff in 2003. He moved on to the 49ers in 2005, where his principle area of responsibility is coaching the linebackers.

Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.