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Josh McDaniels backs out of deal to become Colts coach

Josh McDaniels has backed out of a deal to become the Indianapolis' Colts new coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.

The Colts confirmed McDaniels' decision in a statement Tuesday night after reports emerged that the Patriots ' offensive coordinator had opted to stay in New England with coach Bill Belichick .

McDaniels had agreed to contract terms with the Colts to replace the fired Chuck Pagano , and a news conference had been scheduled for Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Just a few hours later, the Colts said McDaniels informed them he would not sign the deal.

"Although we are surprised...

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