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Tony Dungy, now an NBC Sports commentator, never won fewer than 10 games or missed the AFC playoffs in his seven seasons as Indianapolis Colts head coach (2002-08).

For the past week, new Nebraska coach Scott Frost sat in the living rooms of prospective recruits and sold his vision of Husker football.

How’d he do? If an NFL Hall of Fame coach had to guess, quite well.

Tony Dungy has had Frost sit in his living room to recruit his son, Eric, who eventually picked Oregon in 2010. Frost was Eric’s position coach. Dad was impressed with Frost that evening, and ever since. The two have kept in frequent touch over the years.

Dungy, like so many others, is a big Frost fan.

“I could talk about Scott for hours,” Dungy said Thursday. The NFL on NBC studio analyst was gracious to talk for 20 minutes before Thursday night’s Saints-Falcons game. The key takeaways from the conversation — we’ll go more in-depth in the Monday Rewind — was that Frost had excellent mentors (Tom Osborne, Mike Tomlin and Chip Kelly among them), a “really good teaching demeanor” and a commanding presence among athletes. When Dungy would visit Oregon to visit his son, he saw it.  

“Players just gravitate to him every time I came to see him,” said Dungy, who made 11 NFL playoff appearances over six seasons with Tampa Bay and seven with Indianapolis. “And it didn’t matter which position. Defensive linemen, running backs, they’d just come to his office. He’s a leader. You could tell right away how respected he was.”

Sunday and Monday, we’ll explore a few more aspects of NU’s new coach. On Sunday, we’ll have two stories: One from Evan Bland about a key break Frost got in his coaching career — talking to the man who gave it to him — and another from Dirk Chatelain about the fishbowl that awaits the guarded Frost, who comes back to a place where so many have a story about him (and thus presume to know what he’s all about.) Then, Monday, more from Dungy, who knows Frost as a parent of a player and as a mentor who thinks Nebraska got a great coach. 

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Sam covers Nebraska football, recruiting, women's basketball and more for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @swmckewonOWH. Email: SMcKewon@owh.com

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