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Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Has No Interest in Coaching at USC

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy says representatives from USC have contacted him, but says he has no interest in coaching for the Trojans.

UPDATE [3:15 P.M.]  USC has been alerted that individuals posing as USC representative made overtures to coaches regarding the head football coaching position.

UPDATE [3:22 P.M.] Someone claiming to be a representative of USC reached out to former NFL head coach Tony Dungy. That person has been identified and USC is currently attempting to contact them, according to USC Athletics.

UPDATE [3:23 P.M.] "Tony's discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us," said USC Athletic Director Pat Haden via USC Athletics. "I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls."

UPDATE [5:00 P.M] Former NFL coach Tony Dungy took to twitter and backed Haden's statement tweeting at USC Athletics, "I was not contacted by an official USC rep. Turns out it was someone acting on their own. I have apologized to Pat Haden." (Via Twitter)

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday that USC reached out to his agent in an attempt to stimulate his interest in the head coaching job. Dungy confirmed that USC representatives had reached out, but that he has no interest in becoming the head coach. 

"I am done and I am enjoying life right now," Dungy said during an interview on "The Dan Patrick Show". "I was able to quickly say no. I can give them some names, but I don't have any interest."

Dungy has 28 years of coaching experience, and has coached great players like quarterback Peyton Manning. Still Dungy hasn't coached since 2008 and despite his love for the game he said he is done with that part of his life.

There has been speculation of current NFL coaches/former Trojans, like Jeff Fisher and Jack Del Rio, being possible replacements, but Dungy emphasized the importance of finding a coach with college football experience. Dungy spent most of his career coaching at the NFL level, and served just one season as a defensive backs coach at Minnesota in 1980. One of Dungy's reasons for not having interest in the job is his lack of knowledge for college football. 

"First of all, I don't know anything about college football, other than seeing it through my son's eyes," said Dungy whose son plays at Oregon. "College football is so different than the NFL. That's what I think USC needs to do. They need to get a great college coach in my opinion."

Dungy emphasized that USC should focus on getting a coach with recent experience in college football, and getting top recruits to come to USC.

"California, you've got such a recruiting base," said Dungy. "[Oregon Ducks running back] De'Anthony Thomas should be at USC, and that's what you have got to do. You've got to get those guys to come back to USC." 

USC has currently named Ed Orgeron as the programs interim head coach. Orgeron will make his debut as interim head coach on Thursday versus the Arizona Wildcats, where he looks to improve the Trojans to 4-2.

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