Vikings hire Mike Zimmer as coach

Updated: January 16, 2014, 12:21 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter | ESPN

The Minnesota Vikings announced the hiring of Mike Zimmer as their new head coach via Twitter on Wednesday.

The Vikings and Zimmer, who spent the past five seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' defensive coordinator, had been in negotiations in an effort to complete a deal Wednesday, according to league sources.

Zimmer will be introduced as the club's new coach at a noon ET news conference Friday.

Zimmer remained overnight after his second interview Tuesday was finished, ...

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