TAMPA, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Speculation has Tony Dungy, who was fired Monday night as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, headed for either the Indianapolis Colts or the Carolina Panthers.
But, he told a news conference Tuesday, "I don't have anything set up at this time.
"But, I've had some phone calls and I think I'll get some. If I have a chance to do something else, I'll investigate it."
Rumors of Bill Parcells returning to football to coach the Bucs started as far back as last year's Super Bowl at Tampa. But,Dungy, one of the league's most likeable coaches, expressed no bitterness.
"I can't worry about rumors. The coaching staff just concentrated on coaching the team," he said. "We did the best we could, but it wasn't quite good enough. They felt it was time for a change, and that was basically it."
Before Dungy arrived in Tampa Bay, the Bucs had endured 13 straight losing seasons, and he is the only winning coach in a mostly dismal history of the franchise. But, after the Bucs reached the NFC championship game two years ago, they fell short of expectations with back-to-back first-round playoff losses, costing Dungy his job.
All of the offensive coaches were dismissed Monday night along with Dungy, but defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has been retained.
In six seasons as coach, Dungy,46, posted a 56-46 record and led the Bucs to the playoffs four times. Tampa Bay went 2-4 in playoff games under Dungy and failed to score a touchdown in its last
three postseason contests.