Tony Dungy: College coaches are thinking twice about the NFL
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 15, 2013
Tony Dungy knows the NFL might not be as enticing as it used to be.
The former Indianapolis Colts head coach and current NFL analyst on NBC was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show and asked if he was more surprised that Chip Kelly or Brian Kelly spurned the NFL to stay in school.
Dungy said the college game has come so far that moving to the NFL isn't as big of a jump as it used to be.
"I thought Chip was going to go," Dungy said. "But I think all of these guys, when they look at it and examine, when you're at these top 10 programs and you really sit back and think about what you have, and then you look at the places that are coming after you and what they have there and what the differences are, I think a lot of these college coaches are going to say, 'Hey, I'd better think twice about this before I leave.'
"Because you've got great setups. You've got tremendous fan bases, you've got security, and now, in all these cases, the money is really no different. The college jobs are paying just as much as the NFL jobs, so you have to look at how you're going to function with a draft, how you're going to function with a salary cap, how you're going to function with impatient owners.
"Now, you might get fired at Oregon or Notre Dame if you don't go to the (upcoming) playoffs or win it all, but you will get fired in the NFL if you don't. I think guys just say, 'You know what? My job is not all that bad."
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