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Dungy: Indianapolis 'last place I'll be coaching'

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 4, 2007) -- Tony Dungy insists he is not taking another coaching job.

For the third time in three days, Dungy denied interest in any coaching position other than the one he currently holds with the Indianapolis Colts.

A report out of Minneapolis linked Dungy with the job at the University of Minnesota, where he was a star quarterback in the 1970s. There have also been rumors regarding Dungy's interest in the Atlanta Falcons' opening, where general manager Rich McKay is conducting the search. McKay and Dungy worked together at Tampa Bay.

Dungy tried to clear things up again Thursday.

"He's way off, as far off as you could be," Dungy said, referring to the Minneapolis report that cited a consultant who is helping conduct the coaching search. "I don't know who's saying that, but whatever's being said, it's way off."

But Dungy's most definitive comments about his future in Indy came Jan. 3, when he was asked about the Falcons job.

"That's not credible, since I have a contract here," Dungy said. "This will be the last place I'll be coaching."

Dungy, at 51, had said earlier in his career he hoped to be finished coaching by age 50. He signed a three-year extension with the Colts last year that will keep him on the sidelines through 2009.

The Minnesota job opened Dec. 31 when Glen Mason was fired, two days after the Gophers blew a 31-point lead in the Insight Bowl. It was the largest comeback in Division I bowl history.

The Falcons job opened Jan. 1 when Jim Mora, the son of the former Colts coach, was fired after a 7-9 season.

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