George Welsh, the coach who has brought the University of Virginia out of the football wilderness, says his fortunes do not lie with the National Football League.
"I'm not interested," he said.
He had a talk with an NFL owner Wednesday night, "and it's over," Welsh said, according to the Associated Press. "I just don't want to do it right now. They wanted me to interview. I just didn't want to. It didn't have anything to do with timing, I don't want the job."
Welsh's name had been linked to two teams -- the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns. He is operating on the third year of a five-year contract, recently adjusted by Virginia Athletic Director Dick Schultz. Welsh said he was approached by an NFL owner before Virginia began preparing for the Peach Bowl. He refused to identify the team at its request.
Welsh said he has not been contacted by any other NFL teams or any colleges. "I have always planned on staying here, I've never entertained any other offers," Welsh said . . .
Atlanta quarterback Steve Bartkowski, who spoke of retirement after a knee injury ended his 1984 season in November, wants to come back next NFL season.
After Atlanta went 4-12, speculation surfaced that Coach Dan Henning might desire a more mobile quarterback.
"I still would like to be a part of what Dan's trying to do," 10-year Falcon Bartkowski said.
"We want him back," said Falcons Executive Vice President Eddie LeBaron, adding that Bartkowski's return will have no bearing on whether Atlanta, selecting fourth in the NFL draft, will try for Doug Flutie of Boston College.