Dungy Will Be Back with Colts Next Year

Associate head coach Caldwell named as successor by owner
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2008 10:45 PM CST
Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, right, sits with associate head coach Jim Caldwell at a news conference in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. The team announced Dungy will remain the head...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Dungy will return for his seventh season at the helm of the Colts. Dungy had contemplated retirement each of the past couple seasons, but after discussing the matter with his family he decided to return. "I'm happy to be back. … My whole family's happy and hopefully our team and everyone here is happy," said Dungy, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Jim Caldwell was named as the successor to Dungy, whenever he retires. “We thought it was in our best interest to have a transition plan in place that would allow Jim to that know he's a guy, that in the future, I look to be our head coach,” said owner Jim Irsay. The Colts’ season ended with a loss to San Diego two weeks ago.