Dungy says thanks, but no thanks

By The Associated Press
Updated: October 17, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy has told Minnesota that he’s not interested in returning to the sidelines to coach his alma mater.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi says he contacted Dungy after firing coach Tim Brewster on Sunday. Fans have been clamoring for the highly respected Dungy to come back to help a reeling Golden Gophers program return to competitiveness in the Big Ten.

Maturi says Dungy told him he doesn’t want to get back into coaching, but added that Dungy offered to help the school find a suitable replacement for Brewster.

Maturi says he will lean on Dungy and other prominent alumni for help through the process, but ultimately the choice will be his alone.

Dungy played for the Golden Gophers from 1973 to 1976.

He entered the starting lineup as a quarterback during his freshman year and after playing for four years finished as Minnesota’s career leader in pass attempts (576), completions (274), touchdown passes (25), and passing yards (3,577).