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Dungy will coach Colts next season

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 23, 2006) -- Tony Dungy will be back to coach the Indianapolis Colts next season.

The Colts made the announcement Jan. 23, a week after Dungy said he planned to take a break from football to decide his future.

Dungy said after the team's 21-18 playoff loss to the Steelers on Jan. 15 that he planned to spend time with his family before making a decision.

"I was always coming back unless I said I wasn't," he said.

Dungy said that he planned to return but left open the possibility of retirement because of the death last month of his 18-year-old son, James.

Dungy has been one of the NFL's most successful coaches over the past decade. He's beaten all 32 teams, reached the playoffs eight times, won three straight AFC South titles and taken teams to the AFC and NFC championship games.

This year, he won his 100th career game less than two weeks after he turned 50.

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