There's a lot of activity going on at Valley Ranch. The media is there waiting for an official announcement. But the Cowboys won't even acknowledge they've offered anybody the job yet.
"The job hasn't been offered to anyone," said Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys director of public relations.
Dalrymple also said there were no plans yet for any announcement concerning the coaching vacancy.
When Phillips' agent, Gary O'Hagan, was reached on his cell phone Thursday morning, he told The Associated Press, "I'm tied up right now, I can't talk" and abruptly hung up.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones arrived at Valley Ranch around 9 a.m. Thursday. While getting out of his car at a back entrance to the complex, he told KTVT-TV of Dallas that he hadn't offered the job to anyone.
But Wade Phillips is at Valley Ranch now, and his daddy is coming, too.
A source said former Oilers coach Bum Phillips is en route to the Metroplex to be with his son, Wade, today at the Cowboys' headquarters. The elder Phillips currently lives in Goliad, Texas.
Phillips is expected to be named the seventh head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Nothing is expected to be formally announced until after 1 p.m.
Now the media is guessing the next chance at an announcement today is 4-5 o'clock range, just in time for the evening news broadcasts.
You want to know how reporters get these scoops? Check out this Adam Schefter article.
Both players on Tuesday came to the agreement that they suspected Jones' choice would be Phillips. It just made more sense than hiring an offensive-minded coach in Norv Turner to go along with Jason Garrett, who already had been hired to have a significant hand in the Cowboys offense.
Then, Wednesday night, one of the Cowboys players emerged at the pool with the news that he had gotten a call from the Cowboys front office -- Phillips was the choice.