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Smith, Dungy are first black coaches in Super Bowl

Updated: January 22, 2007, 12:33 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- It took 41 years for a black head coach to make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Lovie Smith did it Sunday on a snowy afternoon in Chicago. Four hours later, his good pal and mentor Tony Dungy joined him. Not one, but two black coaches meeting in the nation's biggest sporting spectacle.

It's historic. And it's about time.

Change has come appallingly slow. But now two of the most decent, deserving men have pushed the NFL forward.

And that ...

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