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NBC adds former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy to NFL studio show

Early last NFL season, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol was riding in a car with announcer Al Michaels and said the one missing piece on the network's Football Night in America broadcast was a former coach. Ebersol asked who would be the best choice if NBC ever did hire an ex-coach.

According to Ebersol, Michaels said, "Any conversation about a former coach should begin and end with Tony Dungy.''

That conversation ended Wednesday when NBC announced Dungy, the former Bucs and Colts coach, would join the Football Night in America studio show on Sunday evenings. The network also added former NFL player Rodney Harrison to the show, which precedes the network's Sunday night game of the week.

"This is keeping myself involved in the game I really love,'' Dungy, 53, said.

After coaching the Bucs from 1996 to 2001 and the Colts from 2002-08, Dungy left coaching. He did so mostly to move back to Tampa to do ministry work and spend more time with his family, including attending his son's high school football games. Dungy's son Eric will be a senior at Plant High in the fall.

"I really didn't go into this offseason thinking about TV at all,'' Dungy said. "Dick asked if I would like to do the Super Bowl because it was in Tampa. He said to see how I liked it. It turned out to be a great experience and it was a lot of fun. Then we started kicking things around. I didn't want to miss my son's high school football games and some of the ministry things I do during the week. But, basically, this job is just Saturday and Sunday, so I talked to my wife and we thought we could make it work familywise.''

Dungy and Harrison join the broadcast team of Bob Costas, Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick and Tiki Barber.

Lynch joins Bucs preseason broadcasts: Former Bucs safety John Lynch will serve as the color analyst for the three preseason television broadcasts (WFLA-Ch. 8): at Tennessee on Aug. 15, at Jacksonville on Aug. 22 and against Houston in the preseason finale on Sept. 4. He joins Chris Myers, who enters his seventh season as the Bucs' play-by-play man, in the booth.

Lynch retired in 2008 after 15 years in the NFL. In addition to his preseason duties, Lynch will be a first-year analyst on the NFL on Fox for regular-season games.

"I am excited to begin this new chapter of my career in Tampa, the city where my playing career began,'' Lynch, 37, said. "It is a community that has been so meaningful and supportive to me and my family throughout the years, and I look forward to connecting to the great Buccaneer fans once again. I am excited to work with Chris and thank WFLA and the Buccaneers for this opportunity."

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NBC adds former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy to NFL studio show 06/03/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:48am]
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