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From a national title at Michigan to coaching together in LA, a special Father's Day for the Minters

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From a national title at Michigan to coaching together in LA, a special Father's Day for the Minters
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From a national title at Michigan to coaching together in LA, a special Father's Day for the Minters

2024-06-16 04:48 Last Updated At:04:50

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Father’s Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. Sunday, though, might be extra rewarding.

The Minters are on the same staff for the sixth time in their coaching careers, but this is the first time they have worked together in the NFL.

Jesse Minter is the Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive coordinator, and Rick, his dad, is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January.

“I don’t want to say he’s winding down because he hasn’t slowed down. But as you get older and get to that point in your career to have the opportunity to win a championship together, there’s really not a better story,” Jesse Minter said. “And, just from there, it was great to stay with Coach Harbaugh, keep the band together, and move out west.”

After Chris Partridge was fired as Michigan’s linebacker coach, Rick Minter stepped in and coached the final six games. The elder Minter could not attend Michigan’s ring ceremony in April because it was the same weekend as his mom’s 90th birthday, but Jesse brought them back to Southern California and presented them to him before a staff meeting.

“It hasn’t soaked in even now that we won the national championship. We go on to the next day and the next drill. Someday, you know, I’ll look back on even more memory. I have those rings, and they last forever,” Rick Minter said.

Rick Minter, who will turn 70 on Oct. 4, has over 45 years of coaching experience in the college and pro ranks, including 10 seasons as the head coach at the University of Cincinnati.

During his time at Cincinnati, Minter had future NFL coaches John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Rex Ryan on his staff, as well as Jimbo Fisher. Harbaugh and Tomlin have each won a Super Bowl, and Fisher won a national title at Florida State.

Minter’s first foray into the NFL came in 2013 as a linebackers coach on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia staff. He spent three seasons with the Eagles (2013-15) before returning to college.

Rick Minter said his original goal was to get to the NFL around age 50, which would have been after he was fired at Cincinnati.

“I finally got in the league pushing 60 years old. I was blessed to coach with a good friend in Chip Kelly. All that was good for me, and it was good to be in the league,” he said. “I’m happy to be back, but I’m happy for Jesse to be back, too. Now we can enjoy the fruits of the labor of the NFL.”

Jesse Minter was on John Harbaugh’s Baltimore staff from 2017-20. He was a defensive assistant his first three years before coaching the defensive backs in 2020.

The Minters were at Vanderbilt in 2021 — Jesse as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach while Rick was an analyst — before Jim Harbaugh called and brought them to Michigan.

“The thing that he’s always done for me ever since I got into this profession, he’s looked out for me first and himself second,” said Jesse Minter, who turned 41 on May 9. “As a son, it’s what you want in a dad. I’m able to come into work every day and run stuff by him, and he can come into my office and tell me the truth or look at things another way.

“There’s not a lot of guys that have that guy, particularly when it’s your dad. We don’t always see things the same, but we know that I have his best interest, and he has my best interests.”

Jim Harbaugh, who got to coach with his dad, Jack, at Western Kentucky, also appreciates the relationship the Minters share.

“The father-son dynamic is close to my heart,” Harbaugh said. “I love talking football with Rick Minter and seeing the interaction with him and Jesse.”

The Minters are one of at least five father/son duos on the same NFL staff.

Christian Daboll is an offensive assistant on his dad, Brian’s, staff with the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans coach Brian Callahan has his father, Bill, as the offensive line coach, De’Andre Pierce is an offensive assistant for Antonio Pierce at the Las Vegas Raiders, and Spencer Reid is the assistant strength and conditioning coach on Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs staff.

Antonio Pierce, who became a father at 18 when De’Andre was born, said having him on staff has been special.

“So, sophomore year of college, you’ve got a son, I’m chasing my career goal and there’s a lot of things I missed. There are a lot of graduations, performances, and practices I couldn’t take him to. And I didn’t want a chance that when I got older and finished playing to miss those again,” Antonio Pierce said. “The cool part about it and Father’s Day coming up and for all our coaches and all the fathers out there, there’s nothing like that relationship.”

Rick and Jesse Minter will spend Sunday together. Jesse’s older brother, Josh Minter, lives in New York and will FaceTime.

“It’s good to be called coach,” Rick Minter said before pausing a couple of seconds. “But it’s a big honor to be called Dad.”

This story has been corrected to show that Rick Minter is Jesse’s father, not his son.

AP Sports Writer Mark Anderson in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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FILE - This is a 2014 photo of Rick Minter. Father’s Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. But this is the first time they are working together in the NFL. Jesse Minter is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rick is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - This is a 2014 photo of Rick Minter. Father’s Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. But this is the first time they are working together in the NFL. Jesse Minter is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rick is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - Michigan head coach defensive coordinator Jesse Minter watches against East Carolina in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. Father’s Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. But this is the first time they are working together in the NFL. Jesse Minter is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rick is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FILE - Michigan head coach defensive coordinator Jesse Minter watches against East Carolina in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. Father’s Day is always a special time for Rick and Jesse Minter. But this is the first time they are working together in the NFL. Jesse Minter is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers and Rick is a senior defensive analyst. They were also part of Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan staff that won the national championship in January. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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Salt Lake City celebrates announcement that it will host the 2034 Winter Olympics

2024-07-24 20:49 Last Updated At:20:50

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City was formally awarded the 2034 Winter Olympics following a Wednesday vote by the International Olympic Committee in Paris, giving Utah its second Games after hosting in 2002.

About a thousand sports fans gathered downtown at 3 a.m. local time — 11 a.m. in Paris — to watch the long-anticipated announcement live. Some dressed in ski gear in the summer heat, while others donned Team USA merchandise and waved flags with the Olympic rings. The crowd erupted in cheers as Olympic officials made their final decision to return to a city where they said the local enthusiasm was palpable even two decades after it first hosted.

Utah's capital city was the only candidate for 2034 after the Olympic committee gave Salt Lake City exclusive negotiating rights last year. Climate change and high operational costs have reduced the number of cities willing and able to welcome the Winter Games. Utah has capitalized on low interest elsewhere, pitching itself to Olympic officials as an eager repeat host if the committee eventually adopts a permanent rotation of Winter Olympic cities. Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said Salt Lake City would be a prime candidate for such a plan.

Local leaders had their sights set on hosting multiple times even before Salt Lake City welcomed its first Games, bid team spokesperson Tom Kelly said. Remnants of the 2002 Games are nestled throughout the city and have kept the Olympic fever alive. Organizers of the 2034 Games touted that enduring enthusiasm throughout the selection process and showed visiting Olympic officials how they have preserved nearly all the venues used in 2002.

“Enthusiasm for the Games was always our feeling, on the first minute to the last minute, in every interaction we had, both at the venues and in our meetings with athletes, sports leaders, politicians and the private sector,” Karl Stoss, chairman of the International Olympic Committee’s Future Host Commission, told the full committee Wednesday morning in Paris.

Darrell Robinson of Herriman, Utah, celebrated with his family in the early hours Wednesday after his daughter, who was too young to remember Utah’s first Olympics, begged him to join her at the Salt Lake watch party. Robinson also was present when it was announced that the city would host the 2002 Games, and he said it was amazing to relive that moment.

The 2002 Games closely followed the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and provided a unifying atmosphere Robinson said was needed at the time.

“Everyone was really united and we were able to invite all these countries and just heal as a global community,” he said. “That's something we need again.”

Wednesday's local party coincided with a state holiday marking the date Mormon pioneers discovered the Salt Lake Valley in northern Utah. A drone show lit up the sky over City Hall and parade floats lined the streets, merging the two celebrations into one.

In their final presentation to Olympic officials, the Utah bid team outlined its plan for one of the most compact layouts in Olympic history, with all venues within a one-hour drive of the athletes village on the University of Utah campus. The plan requires no new permanent construction, with all 13 venues already in place and each having played a role when the city first hosted.

Before the vote, Olympic officials inserted into Salt Lake City's host contract a clause that said local officials must work with current and future U.S. presidents and members of Congress to alleviate concerns about a U.S. federal investigation of suspected doping by Chinese swimmers. The committee's unprecedented strong-arm tactics seemed to send a message that the FBI should back away from the case.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox agreed to the committee's demands but told reporters after the vote that the shakeup nearly delayed the bid agreement.

For Cox, securing the bid was central to his goal of cementing the state as North America’s winter sports capital. He and other local leaders were in Paris for the presentation, while many winter Olympians stayed in town to train and join in the festivities.

American freestyle skier Christopher Lillis, a gold medalist at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, said the 2034 Games will be a dream come true for young people with Olympic aspirations. He has been training at nearby Utah Olympic Park and said the sports facilities in the area are “top notch.”

Kate Cross, the mother of a young girl who described herself as a “future gold medalist skier," said the Olympics are the ultimate source of inspiration. Cross moved to Utah a few years after the 2002 Games and is excited to attend Olympic events in person for the first time — possibly as the parent of an athlete.

“We're out here in the middle of the night because she's too excited to sleep,” Cross said. “It's given her something to strive for, a 10-year plan. As a parent, it's amazing to see your kid that motivated.”

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

Olympic rings are pictured Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City, while people gather to watch a live stream from Paris as the International Olympic Committee awards Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

Olympic rings are pictured Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City, while people gather to watch a live stream from Paris as the International Olympic Committee awards Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

People celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris at the moment the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

Patricia Huhem, left, and her daughter, Elisa Huhem, celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

Patricia Huhem, left, and her daughter, Elisa Huhem, celebrate while watching a live feed from Paris moments after the International Olympic Committee awarded Salt Lake City the 2034 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Spenser Heaps)

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks about Salt Lake City's bid to host the 2034 Winter Olympics, during the 142nd IOC session at the 2024 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks about Salt Lake City's bid to host the 2034 Winter Olympics, during the 142nd IOC session at the 2024 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A woman makes a selfie with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and IOC president Thomas Bach, center, during the 142nd IOC session at the 2024 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Paris, France, after Salt Lake City was confirmed as host for the 2034 Winter Games by International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A woman makes a selfie with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and IOC president Thomas Bach, center, during the 142nd IOC session at the 2024 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, in Paris, France, after Salt Lake City was confirmed as host for the 2034 Winter Games by International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Utah's Olympic delegation poses for a photo at a sendoff celebration at the Salt Lake International Airport prior to boarding a flight to France on Monday, July 22, 2024. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Utah's Olympic delegation poses for a photo at a sendoff celebration at the Salt Lake International Airport prior to boarding a flight to France on Monday, July 22, 2024. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, left, Fraser Bullock and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox take a selfie near the plane as Utah's Olympic delegation boards Delta Flight 2034, Monday, July 22, 2024, bound for Paris from the Salt Lake International Airport. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, left, Fraser Bullock and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox take a selfie near the plane as Utah's Olympic delegation boards Delta Flight 2034, Monday, July 22, 2024, bound for Paris from the Salt Lake International Airport. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Olympic champion Derek Parra, Fraser Bullock, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and others laugh as they cut a cake as Utah's Olympic delegation gather for a sendoff celebration, Monday, July 22, 2024, at the Salt Lake International Airport prior to boarding a flight to France. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Olympic champion Derek Parra, Fraser Bullock, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and others laugh as they cut a cake as Utah's Olympic delegation gather for a sendoff celebration, Monday, July 22, 2024, at the Salt Lake International Airport prior to boarding a flight to France. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Delta flight 2034 bound for Paris and carrying Utah's Olympic delegation takes off from the Salt Lake International Airport, Monday, July 22, 2024. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Delta flight 2034 bound for Paris and carrying Utah's Olympic delegation takes off from the Salt Lake International Airport, Monday, July 22, 2024. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Fraser Bullock and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, from left, pose for a photo near the plane as Utah's Olympic delegation boards Delta Flight 2034, Monday, July 22, 2024, bound for Paris at the Salt Lake International Airport.. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, Fraser Bullock and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, from left, pose for a photo near the plane as Utah's Olympic delegation boards Delta Flight 2034, Monday, July 22, 2024, bound for Paris at the Salt Lake International Airport.. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

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