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Dungy's USF visit raises eyebrows

There was a time that I suspected Tony Dungy’s straight-shooting nice-guy image was a calculated facade, primarily since football coaches have a reputation for prevarication.

But I’ve had the good fortune of spending time with the former Bucs and Colts coach on four different occasions since August, most recently at dinner on Friday night and then most of the day Saturday in and around the green room at the Football Night In America studio.

And while it would be a helluvalot more interesting if there were a Jekyll-and-Hyde story to tell, the man and the image are identical — Tony Dungy is the real deal.

So when he says he’s not coaching in 2010, he’s not coaching in 2010.

That notion is once again relevant because Dungy met with the USF athletic director on Sunday and with the USF team on Monday, telling the players that the year after he was fired by the local pro football team, the local pro football team won the Super Bowl.

Though some are interpreting the gesture as evidence that Dungy might be interested in the job, there are two important factors to keep in mind.

First, Eric Dungy is considering playing college football at USF.  So his father has a strong interest in the status of the program, especially since Mrs. Dungy probably has a strong interest in keeping her son close to home.

Second, Tony Dungy has said that the lack of minority coaches in the NCAA is “disgraceful,” and he undoubtedly is hoping that the process of finding a replacement for Jim Leavitt moves sufficiently slowly to allow a broad scope of candidates to be considered.  Typically, colleges with vacancies act rapidly, with wealthy boosters having a strong say in the outcome of the search — and coincidentally or otherwise the new coach having the same skin color as most of the wealthy boosters.

So we’d be shocked if Dungy were to abandon after only one year the life he left the NFL to pursue.  That said, the pull to coach his son surely is strong.

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9 Responses to “Dungy's USF visit raises eyebrows”
  1. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 12, 2010 7:26 AM

    Please take the job, Tony. We’re all tired of hearing from you.

  2. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: Jan 12, 2010 7:33 AM

    “Tony Dungy has said that the lack of minority coaches in the NCAA is “disgraceful,”
    Let me correct this…
    “Tony Dungy has said that the lack of black coaches in the NCAA is “disgraceful,”
    You guys at PFT need to be more accurate in your race-based journalism.

  3. DonTerrelli says: Jan 12, 2010 7:39 AM

    Please go back to coaching, I’m already tired of listening to him talk on tv.;

  4. zilla1126 says: Jan 12, 2010 7:58 AM

    I think that for three years I sent Mr. Florio e-mails after each of his insulting and insinuating posts impugning Dungy’s character.
    Nice to see you on board; we have been waiting for you.
    Maybe you will get to work with Bill Polian someday and find that most of the crap you have posted on his was BS too. (I’ll give you arrogant on Mr. Bill).
    I think Florio is a really bad judge of character if we are talking about a good person; he is a bit of a one-note guy.
    You want to know the secret Florio? In the absence of direct experience, you judge a man by the company that he keeps, his works, and the esteem he has amongst those who are closest to him.

  5. tryagain says: Jan 12, 2010 8:24 AM

    ‘In the absence of direct experience, you judge a man by the company that he keeps, his works, and the esteem he has amongst those who are closest to him.’
    get off your high colt, zilla.
    wasn’t tiger on the sidelines high 5’ing peyton early in the season, does that mean we should assume then that peyton leads a secret life with a bevy of ho’s?

  6. tinshaker says: Jan 12, 2010 10:12 AM

    This USF grad is surprised to find out that USF has a bunch of wealthy white boosters. Do you know anything about the make-up of the USF ‘family’?

  7. topcide says: Jan 12, 2010 11:30 AM

    Or maybe he was there to convince the not to offer scholarships to gay people.
    Look, black people make up a minority percentage of the population, I would bet that the precentage of the black D1 coaches is pretty close to reflective of that.

  8. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 12, 2010 11:40 AM

    tryagain says: January 12, 2010 8:24 AM
    ‘In the absence of direct experience, you judge a man by the company that he keeps, his works, and the esteem he has amongst those who are closest to him.’
    get off your high colt, zilla.
    wasn’t tiger on the sidelines high 5’ing peyton early in the season, does that mean we should assume then that peyton leads a secret life with a bevy of ho’s?
    ==========================================
    Bouya!

  9. Shaun Lowrie says: Jan 12, 2010 2:16 PM

    This post is everything that is wrong with PFT, and your ‘take’ on everything that happenes in the league. I look forward to you doing more TV work so that we can take your word on who is genuine, rather than people who actually know them.

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