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Mike Singletary I'm Interested In Baylor Coaching Job

6/1/2016 10:00 AM PDT

Mike Singletary: I'm Interested In Baylor Coaching Job

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Mike Singletary tells TMZ Sports ... he's "absolutely" interested in the head coaching job at Baylor University ... and has even had some casual conversations with the powers that be. 

We spoke to the NFL legend (and ex-49ers head coach) moments ago ... who says he's still passionate about his alma mater -- and strongly believes it can rise from the ashes. 

“I believe in Baylor," Singletary says ... "I believe in the school. Right now they just have to put the right leadership in place. Baylor can do great things.”

And with Singletary's name being floated around as a possible candidate for head coach -- we asked straight up if he'd consider taking the job. 

"Absolutely," Singletary said ... noting that his son, John, is a freshman at Baylor and a walk-on football player. He thinks it would be cool for the two to be a part of the same team. 

Singletary says he's had "very casual conversations" with Baylor honchos about the job -- but not an official interview. 

So, can Baylor really bounce back from the biggest scandal in its history? 

"It can," Singletary says ... "There just have to be critical decisions made in the leadership that’s appointed. Make sure every step is a solid one. Put certain guys in place and move forward. But I know it can be a great institution."

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