Tony Dungy declines Gophers' query

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tony Dungy has told Minnesota that he's not interested in returning to the sidelines to coach his alma mater.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi says he contacted Dungy after firing coach Tim Brewster on Sunday. Fans have been clamoring for the highly respected Dungy to come back to help a reeling Golden Gophers program return to competitiveness in the Big Ten.

Maturi says Dungy told him he doesn't want to get back into coaching but added that Dungy offered to help the school find a suitable replacement for Brewster.

Maturi says he will lean on Dungy and other prominent alumni for help through the process, but ultimately the choice will be his alone.