Dungy done in Indy, former Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell ready to take over

Posted by Andy Durham on January 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm under Professional | Comments are off for this article

***from Jay Glazer foxsports.com***

Tony Dungy is stepping down as head coach of the Colts — at least that’s what he’s telling those inside the team headquarters, sources told FOXSports.com.

While the team has scheduled a 5 p.m. press conference, Dungy is walking around the team’s complex saying goodbye to players and team employees and informing them that the transition should be a smooth one for new coach Jim Caldwell.(former head coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons; Caldwell’s son Jimmy a wide-receiver played for his dad while Jim Sr. was in Winston-Salem)

According to one source, Dungy explained that he has talked it over with his family and they believed this was the proper time to step down, while the Colts’ nucleus was still intact.

Dungy is perhaps the most respected head coach among peers and players of this era. He won a Super Bowl two seasons ago and at that time many thought he would step down. Again last year it was predicted by some he would step down, but he decided instead to pick his successor and stay on for one more year.

Dungy’s Indianapolis tenure will finish after seven seasons with a record of 92-33, and a postseason berth in all seven years with the club.

+++++Jim Caldwell has been with Tony Dungy since their days in charge with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.+++++


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