New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has a lot of time on his hands these days, after being suspended for the year by the NFL for his alleged role in the team’s bounty scandal, and as such, he can do stuff like speak at the PwC SMU Athletics Forum luncheon at the Hilton Anatole here in Dallas.
While there, Payton was asked about the possibility of him someday coaching the Cowboys, a team with which he has a long history and a number of longstanding relationships. Payton’s response, per the Dallas Morning News: “I’d rather answer a bounty question.”
We’ll go ahead and assume that the response came as the result of the fact that Payton already has a job, albeit one that he won’t be allowed to do for another year--then again, maybe Payton just saw the Cowboys’ performance on Monday night and decided that he didn’t want to touch that squad with a 20-foot pole.
Either way, the Super Bowl winning head coach--who, it should be added, still lives in North Texas--looks back on his time in Dallas fondly.
“When people ask me about coming here to work for the Cowboys organization and work for Bill Parcells and Jerry, for me it was a lot like law school,” Payton said. “In other words, there were some things that I felt I was prepared to do but to be a really good head coach, there was still some learning and I felt like I got that coming here. In turn, I made a lot of close friends.”
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