A new report will be disappointing to the Tennessee fans that want to see Jon Gruden take over the Volunteers football program.
The “Grumors” about the former Buccaneers head coach and current Monday Night Football star heading to Knoxville have been all over the place over the last few weeks, even before Butch Jones’s weekend ouster. After Jones was officially let go, Gruden was installed as the betting favorite to land the job.
Of course, in order to land the job, Gruden has to want it first. While he has many connections to the school, it does seem like a reach to think that he’ll leave his cushy, extremely high-paying MNF spot for a rebuild in college football, which he hasn’t coached since 1991, when he was wide receivers coach at Pitt. Gruden was a graduate assistant at Tennessee from 1986-87.
On Sunday, Yahoo! Sports writer Pete Thamel wrote that anyone calling Gruden a realistic candidate for the Vols job “should be charged with journalistic negligence.” Now, Football Scoop reports that he has “no interest” in the position.
Jon Gruden has no interest in being the next head coach at Tennessee. This is not happening. No one is being contacted about potentially joining his staff. Move on Vol fans…
According to the report, athletic director John Currie’s list includes some interesting names. Veterans David Cutcliffe, the very successful Duke head coach and former Tennessee coordinator who has a great relationship with Peyton Manning, Mike Leach (Washington State), and Dan Mullen are all mentioned, as are up-and-comers like Scott Frost (UCF) and Jeff Brohm (Purdue). All of those seem more realistic than getting Gruden out of retirement for a college rebuild.