Dungy vague on future plans
The enrollment of Tony Dungy's son, Eric, at Tampa Plant High has touched off speculation about the future of the Indianapolis Colts coach.
As reported in today's Times, Eric Dungy began school at Plant after the holiday break when schools reopened Tuesday. He is expected to play receiver for the Panthers this fall. What's less certain is whether this is a foreshadowing of Dungy's plans to end his coaching career, something he has considered from time to time since the suicide of his oldest son in 2005.
Asked Thursday by Indianapolis media about his plans, Dungy was evasive.
"I'll just say this: There's been a lot I've heard and read, some of it's true, some of it is partially true, some of it is just wrong," he said. "What's going to happen at the end of the year for us, I'm going to sit down with my wife like I have the last couple of years and we're going to talk through where we are and what we want to do. . . We shouldn't read anything into Eric.
". . . The only thing I can tell you is that no decisions have been made and I'm right where I have been the last two years and really focusing on this game with San Diego and nothing past that. He is enrolled. I'm not going to really comment on where, what's going on with my family and where we are."
Dungy has made it known that his plans are to return to the Tampa area upon his retirement from coaching. And after moving his wife and children to Indianapolis in his second season there, it's surprising the Dungys would reverse course on that decision. It's not clear whether Dungy's wife, Lauren, and their other children also have returned to Tampa, but it's certainly plausible.