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Dungy denies interest in vacant Minnesota job

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts coach Tony Dungy has no plans for
returning to college, even if he gets a call from his alma mater,
Minnesota.

Dungy on Tuesday denied a report out of Minneapolis saying he
was near the top of the Golden Gophers' wish list and that there
was mutual interest.

The job opened Sunday when coach Glen Mason was fired, two days
after his team blew a 31-point lead in a 44-41 loss to Texas Tech.
It was the largest rally in Division I-A bowl history.

Dungy said he understood why his name would be linked to the
job.

"I think that might be the case because I went to school there,
but I'm not a college coach and I never have been a college
coach," he said. "I'm not sure who's on their list. But I'm not a
college coach. I'm flattered, but I'm not interested."

Dungy is 60-20 with Indianapolis and has led the Colts to the
playoffs in each of his five seasons. He's also won four straight
AFC South titles and has taken teams to the playoffs in each of the
last eight years, a string that began while he was with Tampa Bay.

In 11 seasons as an NFL head coach, Dungy is 114-62.

Dungy, 51, played with the Gophers during 1973-76 and was the
school's career leader in passing yards (3,577) and touchdowns (25)
when he graduated. He also ran for 1,345 yards and 16 TDs during
his college career.

He has occasionally referenced his ties to the Gophers and
singled out Colts players who attended the University of Minnesota.

Dungy spent one season as the Gophers' defensive back coach in
1980, then moved to the NFL, first as an assistant with the
Pittsburgh Steelers.