Should longtime NFL coach Bill Parcells come out of retirement to lead the New Orleans Saints in 2012, as suggested by an ESPN report on Monday, a return to the game would delay his eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame executive director Steve Perry told The Sports Xchange on Monday that the five-year waiting period for eligibility into the Canton, Ohio, shrine would be negated by Parcells' possible return. The five-year period mandated by Hall of Fame bylaws would not begin again until Parcells retired.
Essentially, the five-year waiting period would reset.
Might that be enough to dissuade Parcells from taking over the Saints and replacing Sean Payton for the 2012 season? Perhaps not. But this much is known: More so than in his previous occasions as a Hall of Fame finalist, Parcells was driven this year by the potential for enshrinement.
ESPN reported Monday that Payton had discussed with Parcells the possibility of coaching the Saints for 2012. Payton la...