Former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is the first to be called for a second interview for the Bucs head coaching job and obviously a finalist.
But the Bucs have not contacted a single coach they interviewed to inform them that they are no longer under consideration, the Times has learned.
Meanwhile, the team says it is making progress on hiring a new head coach.
What does all that mean?
If they're making progress and none of those other coaches they've interviewed have been contacted, maybe Sherman will be the Bucs' choice after all. Until an agreement is reached on a contract, why not keep the others in play by telling them nothing? Also, at least one or more of those candidates may become members of Sherman's staff and the Bucs want to keep them available.
It could also mean that Sherman is not the only finalist. Why else would the Bucs keep all those other coaches, some of whom have an offer to join another NFL coaching staff as an assistant, in limbo?