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Dave Campbell, Associated Press, Published January 03 2011

It's official: Vikings name Frazier head coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement with Leslie Frazier to be their next coach.

The Vikings announced today they're removing the interim tag from Frazier's title. Frazier took over Nov. 22 when Brad Childress was fired, and the Vikings went 3-3 under him.

The defensive coordinator under Childress and a former cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Frazier had a clear command of the locker room as he guided the Vikings through the end of a disappointing, dramatic season. Players have pushed for him to get the job on a permanent basis.

Frazier is the eighth coach in the franchise's 50-year history.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf touts Frazier's “vast knowledge of the game” and the “great respect” the organization has for the 51-year-old.

The draft

The Vikings have the 12th pick in the first round of this year's draft.

The NFL announced the draft order today. It's based on reverse order of finish, with a tiebreaker based on strength of schedule. The Vikings were one of seven teams with 6-10 records this season, but they'll select after five of them.

The last time they chose in the top 12 was 2007, when they acquired running back Adrian Peterson with the seventh overall pick.

The list of 2011 opponents has also been finalized. The Vikings have the usual home-and-home series with their three NFC North foes, plus road games at Atlanta, Carolina, Kansas City, San Diego and Washington. They'll host New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Denver, Oakland and Arizona.


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