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Vikings to hire Kevin O’Connell after being turned down by Jim Harbaugh

Kevin O'Connell in Rams gear

The Minnesota Vikings have a new head coach, and it’s not the one we all expected.

Jim Harbaugh interviewed with the team on Wednesday. The expectation was that he would end up receiving the job. But that’s not how things played out.

Harbaugh has decided to stay at Michigan rather than leave for Minnesota. Vikings reporter Chad Graff says Harbaugh “changed his mind.”

The Vikings began informing other finalists on Wednesday that Kevin O’Connell is their choice for their next head coach.

O’Connell was selected over Raheem Morris and Patrick Graham.

O’Connell is the offensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, so he can’t officially become the Vikings’ new head coach until after the Super Bowl.

O’Connell, 36, was a third-round pick in 2008 out of San Diego State. He played in the NFL from 2008-2012. He began his NFL coaching career in 2015 and has quickly moved up the ranks. He was Washington’s offensive coordinator in 2019 and has been with the Rams the last two seasons.

Photo: Aug 19, 2021; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell looks on during a joint practice against the Las Vegas Raiders. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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