Gruden “Open To Hearing” About College Job… Thank Goodness The Suckers In This Story Aren’t In The SEC
December 19th, 2013 10:48 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: ESPN, Jim Mora, Pat Haden, Rivals
Someone alert the press! Wait, Gruden’s agent has already taken care of that. Again.
In this case, Orangebloods.com — the Rivals.com site covering Texas athletics — has reported that the ex-NFL coach and current ESPN broadcaster “is open to hearing from the Texas athletic department.” This from a high-level source.
The source went on to say that Gruden views the Texas job as one of the few “premier” coaching jobs in college football. He also gave another reason for Gruden’s alleged interest… and for Texas’ need to go BIG:
“It’s Austin. It’s not like any other city in Texas, or anywhere, really. It’s a destination, but with the state capitol, the university, the politics and the media, it’s the eye of a hurricane.
(James) Franklin, (Jim) Mora, they are great coaches — but stepping into this sort of situation for the first time? You’re going to have limited success.”
Gruden has toyed with the hopes of so many schools at this point that, quite frankly, we’re sorta/kinda sick of his act at this point. Last year, the SEC version of “UT” called Gruden about their then-open gig. Gruden — who reportedly viewed Tennessee as a “premier” job because he’d coached there and because his wife has family there — played footsie with intermediaries before saying, “no thanks,” when he got an actual call from Vol athletic director Dave Hart.
Gruden likes to have his name kicked around because it keeps him “hot” in coaching circles. Fair enough. But there’s about as much chance of Sam Houston or Davy Crockett coaching the Longhorns next year as there is of Gruden taking the job.
It was just 14 days ago that Southern Cal athletic director Pat Haden said: “I talked with Jon a while back. He wants to coach in the pros. If he’s a head coach, he wants to coach in the pros.”
So good luck, Texas. You’re the suckers of the month in the Great Gruden Grab. He’ll wind up with a new contract from ESPN and you’ll wind up with a disappointed fanbase when a Franklin or a Mora is introduced. We’ve seen this one play out one too many times to put any stock in it whatsoever.
(Which guarantees Gruden will take the job.)
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