Talking Points: Dungy doesn’t want to coach Ducks




On his radio show on Monday, Dan Patrick asked Tony Dungy if he would be interested in coaching the Oregon Ducks should Chip Kelly jump to the NFL next season.

Dungy, the former coach of the Colts, has steadfastly said he has no interest in returning to coaching.

But this time Dungy hesitated just a moment before answering “No.” Dungy’s son Eric is a receiver for the Ducks, and the former coach was wearing a Ducks jersey in the studio when asked.

Dungy explained that the question surprised him, thus the hesitation. He said that his only wish is that Kelly stays at Oregon at least until his son completes his eligibility in two years.

That’s a wish all Ducks fans would share without hesitation.


A warning to our fellow sports journalists: contain those tweets.

The University of Washington on Monday reprimanded Tacoma News Tribune reporter Todd Dybas for tweeting too much during a UW basketball game.

The UW has a policy to limit the number of tweets each reporter can send out during football and basketball games. The reason, according to UW athletic director Scott Woodward, is to protect the broadcasters who pay for TV and radio rights.

OK. We understand that money from TV and radio is critical to an athletic department. But we wonder what the UW athletic department folks could be accomplishing if they weren’t busy counting tweets.


After more than eight months of competition, the two teams most likely to play for the Major League Soccer championship are the same two as last year. Los Angeles (3-0 over Seattle) and Houston (3-1 over D.C. United) hold good leads heading into the second-leg of the MLS conference championship series.

Both the Galaxy (No. 4 in the West) and Dynamo (No. 5 in the East) entered the playoffs as wild card entries. Meanwhile, the best teams during the regular season — San Jose and Sporting Kansas City — were quickly eliminated from the playoffs.

That doesn’t hurt the entertainment value. As Thursday’s dramatic winning goals for Seattle and D.C. United showed, the MLS Cup Playoffs are a show that can stand on their own.