Newsflash: Jon Gruden isn’t coming to your school any time soon if Pat Haden is to be believed. The Southern Cal athletic director said on “The Dan Patrick Show” yesterday that he contacted the coach-turned-announcer about the Trojans’ opening before hiring Steve Sarkisian from Washington.
“I talked with Jon a while back,” Haden said. “He wants to coach in the pros. If he’s a head coach, he wants to coach in the pros.”
Before anyone goes there — and someone will — that probably doesn’t mean he wants to be a coordinator or quarterbacks coach your alma mater, either.
Gruden has become the great white whale in collegiate searches. One part Bigfoot — he’s “spotted” looking at schools and buying houses everywhere — the other part tease — he never states publicly that he’s not interested in college gigs — the ESPN broadcaster seems to just enjoy have his name kicked around. Hey, who doesn’t want to be loved?
But the facts and Haden’s comments suggest Gruden won’t be taking any openings at Florida or Texas or Southern Cal. He wouldn’t even take the Tennessee job where he coached and where his wife’s family resides (though you can be certain there are still one or two Vol fans who believe Butch Jones is just a ruse and that Gruden will eventually take over for him).
Time to nix Gruden from the list potential college coaches. Ain’t happening.