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Ted Marchibroda brought the Indianapolis Colts a measure of success and respectability, although not enough to save his job as coach.

Marchibroda, who took the Colts within one play of the Super Bowl, said Friday he will not return next season.Bill Tobin, the team's director of football operations, said two days ago that Marchibroda had rejected a one-year contract extension, which was then withdrawn. The pair met briefly on Friday, and Marchibroda said he was told "they were going to go in a different direction."

In a statement issued by the team, Tobin said Marchibroda was relieved of his duties "due to an inability to reach a contract agreement." But Marchibroda, who described himself as "disappointed" by the team's decision, said he thought Tobin had decided to replace him long ago.