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TV Report: Hogs Offer Gruden

And the Gruden rumors just keep on coming.

Last night, KTHV-TV in Fayetteville reported that Jon Gruden has been officially offered the Arkansas head coaching position.  This follows a report by CBS Sports on Sunday that the Razorbacks are prepared to make Gruden the highest-paid coach in the SEC.  Gruden is also reportedly the top choice at Tennessee.

Jim Harris of KTHV said that he believes the odds of the NFL broadcaster and ex-NFL coach taking the job are “one in 10 or even one in 20.”  According to Harris’ sources, Gruden may have shown a slight interest in the job, while “Arkansas is swinging for the fences and making an offer.”

Harris and the station did not reveal details of the Arkansas’ offer to Gruden.

It’s believed by most that if Gruden were to return to the sidelines it would be in the NFL.  He hasn’t coached in the college game in two decades and he has never served as a college head coach.  NFL reporters like Chris Mortensen — a colleague at ESPN — and Jason La Canfora of CBS have said Gruden’s most likely destination in the college ranks would be Tennessee… if he chooses to coach again and if he picks the college game over the pro game.  Gruden’s wife is an ex-UT cheerleader who still has family in the Knoxville area.

So what do we really know about all the Gruden talk emanating from the Smokies and the Ozarks?  Only that Gruden and his agent have expertly played everyone once again.  Whether it’s at Arkansas, Tennessee, the NFL or ESPN, Gruden will stand to make more cash next year than he’s making now thanks to all the interest.  If you could buy stock in a guy, Gruden would be the guy to invest in.

For now, ESPN says only that “Jon remains committed to ESPN.”  Mike Tirico, Gruden’s broadcast partner, won’t comment.  But there’s already speculation that Steve Young or Trent Dilfer could step into broadcast booth should Gruden depart.

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Rumors Gruden Style: A Hogs-Vols Bidding War?

Well, let’s just start the day with the latest on Jon Gruden — the great white whale of college football fans everywhere.  There’s a reason we’ve used the photo we doctored up at left for the past few seasons.  Every fall Gruden’s name gets tied to numerous college football jobs and every season he winds up back in the ESPN broadcast booth.

But now that the Glazer family is no longer having to write him checks to not coach their Tampa Bay Buccaneers perhaps he really is ready to head back to the sidelines.  For weeks, Arkansas and Tennessee fans have been claiming on talk radio, on messageboards, and in emails to this and (we suspect) other sites that Gruden has already agreed to coach their beloved school.  His family has checked out schools and homes in those areas.  He’s been spotted in Fayetteville and in Knoxville (though no one can manage to get a clear photo of him or his family in this world filled with cell phone cameras).

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NFL Teams Take Note Of Cecil’s Involvement With Cam

When you see “Newton” and “NFL” in the same sentence, you probably think of Cam… the possible Top 10 quarterback pick.  But it’s Cecil — father of Cam — who continues to draw attention.

ESPN.com is reporting that Cecil has scheduled a media workout for his son on February 10th in San Diego.  Newton has been in California this week working with quarterbacks coach Georgia Whitfield to perfect his drop from under center.  His coach has been “blown away” by the results so far.

“Cam is ready arm-wise and footwork-wise,” Whitfield told ESPN’s Bruce Feldman.  “We’ve had a heckuva regimen, but has really made some giant strides in getting this routine from under center down.  His dad is seeing that, and saying ‘let’s go public before the (NFL) combine.’”

Every story concerning Newton at some point turns to “his dad.”  And that’s a concern for some NFL teams.  Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported earlier this week that some teams “are still wondering about that relationship (between Cam and Cecil).”  Front office personnel are “not just evaluating these young men, it’s their families and everyone around them that NFL teams are taking stock of as they decide whether to invest millions.”

Small tip — Since Newton doesn’t always know what his father’s up to, perhaps someone should make sure he’s aware of this workout his papa has set up for him.

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