VIKINGS-GIANTS CONNECTIONS – Vikings’ Director of Pro Scouting Paul Wiggin was the head coach at Stanford when Giants’ head coach Jim Fassel was on Stanford’s coaching staff…Vikings’ defensive backfield coach Chuck Knox Jr. played at Arizona when Giants’ defensive coordinator Johnnie Lynn was on the Wildcats’ coaching staff…Knox coached with Giants’ offensive coordinator Sean Payton in Philadelphia…Vikings’ G Corbin Lacina played for Carolina in 1998 when Giants’ offensive line coach Jim McNally tutored the Panthers’ line and was a teammate of Giants’ LB Mike Barrow… Vikings’ LB Lemanski Hall played in Houston with Barrow and in Tennessee with Giants’ DE Kenny Holmes. Vikings’ DE Chuck Wiley also was a teammate of Barrow’s in Carolina…Giants’ linebackers coach Tom Olivadotti was on Minnesota’s coaching staff from 1996-99…Vikings’ assistant head coach/defensive line coach George O’Leary and linebackers coach Brian Baker were on the Georgia Tech staff with Giants’ wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson…Vikings’ WR D’Wayne Bates was a teammate of Giants’ RB Sean Bennett at Northwestern…Vikings’ LB Jim Nelson played with Giants’ QB Kerry Collins and LB Brandon Short at Penn State…Vikings’ RB Michael Bennett and WR Nick Davis played at Wisconsin with Giants’ RB Ron Dayne and LB Nick Greisen. Vikings’ special teams coach Jay Hayes was on the Badgers’ staff when Dayne and Greisen played for Wisconsin…Vikings’ K Hayden Epstein was a teammate of Giants’ LB Dhani Jones and S DeWayne Patmon at Michigan…Vikings’ quarterbacks coach Alex Wood was the head coach at James Madison when Giants’ RB Delvin Joyce played for the Dukes…Vikings’ WR Derrick Alexander was a teammate of Giants’ WR Amani Toomer at Michigan…Vikings’ defensive assistant/quality control coach Pete Bercich played at Notre Dame with Giants’ C Dusty Zeigler…Vikings’ OT Bryant McKinnie played at Miami with Giants’ TE Jeremy Shockey…Vikings’ LB Greg Biekert and S Ronnie Bradford played with Giants’ P Tom Rouen at Colorado.