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  • #1 by jbcarol on 15 Apr 2012
  • Weidmer: If the University of Arkansas is smart, Gruden will be coming into your living room from the Razorbacks sideline this fall, returning as a head coach for the first time since he was fired from the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the close of the 2008 season.

    Gruden jokingly (we think) told the clinic, "The only coaching job I could get when I was fired by the Bucs was an assistant offensive line coach at a local high school."

    But if he's spoken to the Razorbacks about their opening, Gruden isn't saying.

     
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    It's Friday evening inside Thompson-Boling Arena, and Jon Gruden has more than 350 football coaches in town for the University of Tennessee's annual coaching clinic on the edge of their padded seats.

    "Tempo!" Monday Night Football's color guy shouts with both enthusiasm and authority. "Tempo is where football is going, and it scares me a little bit. The ball's being snapped before the defense is ready. If you're an offensive coach, I plead with you, play faster."

    Behind him, a giant screen begins showing individual plays from West Virginia's 70-33 pummeling of Clemson in January's Orange Bowl.

    "If you're an opposing coach," Gruden continues, "you can't do anything but scream at your assistants."

    At that moment, Clemson's Dabo Swinney is seen yelling at defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who was fired shortly after the game.

    In the audience, a few chuckles break out...

    Note: When topics are merged, polls get merged as well.  Just a clarification that I did not create the poll but it exists in this thread as a result of the merge.
  • #2 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • If we find out he is willing but Long never contacted him then Long should be hung by his balls from Old Main.
  • #3 by ark30inf on 15 Apr 2012
  • I assume John Daly can get Long's phone number....apparently he already has Gruden's.

  • #4 by BloodRedHog on 15 Apr 2012
  • Makes no sense....there is no school, fanbase or recruits to anger....unless Long wants to stay discreet since Gruden could say no...or maybe communication has been solely between go-betweens...it can't be that JL has ruled out Gruden...maybe he is waiting for Grobe to return his call?
  • #5 by ADinWaiting on 15 Apr 2012
  • I stated it last week and was laughed at...
  • #6 by ADinWaiting on 15 Apr 2012
  • I assume John Daly can get Long's phone number....apparently he already has Gruden's.
  • #7 by porkaholics anonymous on 15 Apr 2012
  • Gruden Please!
  • #8 by ADinWaiting on 15 Apr 2012
  • If we find out he is willing but Long never contacted him then Long should be hung by his balls from Old Main.
    But I'm sure this would be Gruden falling into his lap right?
  • #9 by porkaholics anonymous on 15 Apr 2012
  • Gruden Please!
  • #10 by Philip Seaton on 15 Apr 2012
  • Doesn't surprise me in the least that he hasn't be contacted. No surprise at all. Would be homer, but alias not going to get that kind of hire I am afraid.
  • #11 by farmhawg on 15 Apr 2012
  • If we find out he is willing but Long never contacted him then Long should be hung by his balls from Old Main.
    I will get the rope...Someone else get to "loop" 'em.
  • #12 by ADinWaiting on 15 Apr 2012
  • Doesn't surprise me in the least that he hasn't be contacted. No surprise at all. Would be homer, but alias not going to get that kind of hire I am afraid.
    If he is coming it won't be until December. That is when a permanent coach will be hired.
  • #13 by DoubleReedHawgCaller on 15 Apr 2012
  • If Long doesnt at least try to talk to him I say we strap his ass to a pole and let everybody kick him in the nards!!!!!!!
  • #14 by PonderinHog on 15 Apr 2012
  • Doesn't surprise me in the least that he hasn't be contacted. No surprise at all. Would be homer, but alias not going to get that kind of hire I am afraid.
    If he wants to use an alias, I have no problem calling him Chuckie! ;D
  • #15 by ark30inf on 15 Apr 2012
  • Oh Good Lord, get serious. Forgive me for saying this but if he wasnt interested in ND or Florida, he darned sure aint coming here. Wow.

    Was Notre Dame #5 in the country?  Just asking.
  • #16 by ADinWaiting on 15 Apr 2012
  • Oh Good Lord, get serious. Forgive me for saying this but if he wasnt interested in ND or Florida, he darned sure aint coming here. Wow.
    Because recently ND is where coaches careers go down the tube.
  • #17 by AchieveHog on 15 Apr 2012
  • Was Notre Dame #5 in the country?  Just asking.

    Not even close,they were awful, and still are.
  • #18 by batmanfan on 15 Apr 2012
  • Doesn't surprise me in the least that he hasn't be contacted. No surprise at all. Would be homer, but alias not going to get that kind of hire I am afraid.

    What makes Gruden "that kind of hire"?

  • #19 by nonamer66 on 15 Apr 2012
  • I think he is over rated. I've read more about him on wikipedia and he just doesn't impress me. His name is popular, only because of the nfl and espn relationships he has.
  • #20 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • But I'm sure this would be Gruden falling into his lap right?

    If Long hires Gruden I will personally donate all the gold fillings from my mouth toward his statue. If Gruden goes 0-12 his first season I would call the Hogs toward the east five times a day everyday because I know it will get better every year until we win a NC. So basically I will feel the dame about a Gruden Hire that I did about a Petrino hire.
  • #21 by cmpledger on 15 Apr 2012
  • Gruden has proven he can win championships with other peoples teams. He did it with Tony Dungys Bucs so why not win a college NC with bobby petrinos razorbacks
  • #22 by Rooka on 15 Apr 2012
  • I think he is over rated. I've read more about him on wikipedia and he just doesn't impress me. His name is popular, only because of the nfl and espn relationships he has.
    and a Super Bowl because of this...
    Gruden has proven he can win championships with other peoples teams. He did it with Tony Dungys Bucs so why not win a college NC with bobby petrinos razorbacks
  • #23 by hardtimes79 on 15 Apr 2012
  • I think he is over rated. I've read more about him on wikipedia and he just doesn't impress me. His name is popular, only because of the nfl and espn relationships he has.
    popular name is one of the big keys to recruiting.  Theres not a recruit who wouldnt instantly know him.
  • #24 by HF#1 on 15 Apr 2012
  • I think he is over rated. I've read more about him on wikipedia and he just doesn't impress me. His name is popular, only because of the nfl and espn relationships he has.

    He won a Super Bowl...
  • #25 by HF#1 on 15 Apr 2012
  • Oh Good Lord, get serious. Forgive me for saying this but if he wasnt interested in ND or Florida, he darned sure aint coming here. Wow.

    Is it really that more far fetched than Phil Fulmer?  It would be disappointing if Long didn't at least make a phone call..  He is available.
  • #26 by rljjr on 15 Apr 2012
  • Makes no sense....there is no school, fanbase or recruits to anger....unless Long wants to stay discreet since Gruden could say no...or maybe communication has been solely between go-betweens...it can't be that JL has ruled out Gruden...maybe he is waiting for Grobe to return his call?

    Uh, how about you don't conduct that kind of business out in the open? How about Gruden has a day job and you don't want to embarrass him publicly? How about you don't want to embarrass the school if you can't get him?

    I don't have any idea if he's been -- or will be -- contacted, but some of the anti-Long stuff is really, really ignorant and short sighted.
  • #27 by nonamer66 on 15 Apr 2012
  • He won a Super Bowl...

    he also has a record of 95 wins, 81 loses   .540 avg

    that was dungy's team that won the superbowl.

    doesn't impress me. I think gruden could mess up the chemistry of this staff if he came in this year. I'm all for him taking the job but I'd rather him stay in the coaches box for this season.
  • #28 by aloha_kid on 15 Apr 2012
  • Was Notre Dame #5 in the country?  Just asking.

    nope but it was still Notre Dame.
  • #29 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • he also has a record of 95 wins, 81 loses   .540 avg

    doesn't impress me. I think gruden could mess up the chemistry of this staff if he came in this year. I'm all for him taking the job but I'd rather him stay in the coaches box for this season.

    Then you should remand nameless so as to hide your shame.
  • #30 by Dr Carl aka Shorthog on 15 Apr 2012
  • #31 by Richard_white on 15 Apr 2012
  • Gruden?  We can only be lucky enough.  Long make the call.
  • #32 by Cale on 15 Apr 2012
  • I stated it last week and was laughed at...
    that sucks that people wouldn't take this seriously. hes been at or near the top of my list since tuesday evening, the dude can coach. has lots of NFL experience, and would fit right in here. Lets get it done.
  • #33 by HF#1 on 15 Apr 2012
  • he also has a record of 95 wins, 81 loses   .540 avg

    doesn't impress me. I think gruden could mess up the chemistry of this staff if he came in this year. I'm all for him taking the job but I'd rather him stay in the coaches box for this season.

    It's tough to win in the NFL for a long period of time.  Imagine him walking into the living room of recruits.  He would have an impact that Saban only wishes he had.  Every 18 year old kid knows who Jon Gruden is and would jump at the opportunity to play for him. 

    It would be like hiring Calipari in basketball without the cheating.   He would be a pipeline to the NFL and at the end of the day, that is what the elite players want.
  • #34 by Kenny Sowers on 15 Apr 2012
  • I would believe the Gruden talk before I would believe the Pete Carroll talk.
  • #35 by gguillo on 15 Apr 2012
  • Own show on ESPN, Color analyst on Monday Night Football, Lives in Tampa, FL, and makes 4.3 million a year (including incentives)

    Don't get your hopes up.
  • #36 by PonderinHog on 15 Apr 2012
  • It's tough to win in the NFL for a long period of time.  Imagine him walking into the living room of recruits.  He would have an impact that Saban only wishes he had.  Every 18 year old kid knows who Jon Gruden is and would jump at the opportunity to play for him. 

    It would be like hiring Calipari in basketball without the cheating.   He would be a pipeline to the NFL and at the end of the day, that is what the elite players want.
    Boom!
  • #37 by What's Shakin' Macon on 15 Apr 2012
  • So far this week I've seen posters bash Pete Carroll and Jon Gruden. Truly, we have to be the dumbest fanbase. Maybe Auburn has us beat?
  • #38 by Sivad on 15 Apr 2012
  • Long make the call.
    The fact that he hasn't speaks volumes about Long.
  • #39 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • Own show on ESPN, Color analyst on Monday Night Football, Lives in Tampa, FL, and makes 4.3 million a year (including incentives)

    Don't get your hopes up.

    Can you link that 4.3 mil figure?
  • #40 by RazorbackJunkie on 15 Apr 2012
  • He won a Super Bowl...

    He built a championship caliber team in Oakland. They we're in the same super bowl.
  • #41 by silverandbluedc on 15 Apr 2012
  • It's tough to win in the NFL for a long period of time.  Imagine him walking into the living room of recruits.  He would have an impact that Saban only wishes he had.  Every 18 year old kid knows who Jon Gruden is and would jump at the opportunity to play for him. 

    It would be like hiring Calipari in basketball without the cheating.   He would be a pipeline to the NFL and at the end of the day, that is what the elite players want.

    Not to mention that when he talks to these kids, as evidenced in his QB camp shows, he is really positive and has a way of making these kids feel great about their game. I think he would play quite well in living rooms around the nation. He would then take 4 and 5 star athletes and teach them how to be the best.
  • #42 by nonamer66 on 15 Apr 2012
  • So far this week I've seen posters bash Pete Carroll and Jon Gruden. Truly, we have to be the dumbest fanbase. Maybe Auburn has us beat?

    I'm not bashing Jon Gruden. I like both of these coaches, but I worry that if they are hired for this season it would spell trouble for us. The players want things to remain the same this year. I'll take either one of those coaches for next season.
  • #43 by HF#1 on 15 Apr 2012
  • Anyone in college football with a job opening, he should be one of their first calls.  All he can do is say no. 
  • #44 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • I'm not bashing Jon Gruden. I like both of these coaches, but I worry that if they are hired for this season it would spell trouble for us. The players want things to remain the same this year. I'll take either one of those coaches for next season.

    Troll thy name is noname.
  • #45 by GalaHawg on 15 Apr 2012
  • Funny - the Petrino story has started like this too, remember? Petrino had interest but Long did not contact him long after?

    Long may get a second lucky break - another big name falling in his lap.
  • #46 by kingofdequeen on 15 Apr 2012
  • The fact that you rubes think he or his representation hasnt been contacted by the UA is funny.
  • #47 by silverandbluedc on 15 Apr 2012
  • Anyone in college football with a job opening, he should be one of their first calls.  All he can do is say no. 

    Exactly. Make him push the money away and say no.
  • #48 by Mike_e on 15 Apr 2012
  • Pass on PC but Gruden (though highly unlikely) would be a grand slam.

    You wonder if JL remembers high school and that the hardest part about dating a pretty girl is asking her out.
  • #49 by Ftsmithmike on 15 Apr 2012
  • The fact that you rubes think he or his representation hasnt been contacted by the UA is funny.

    It's possible that the process of making contact has not yet begun. I'm cool with it taking time. As Long as no one is in Augusta.
  • #50 by Pig in the Pokey on 15 Apr 2012
  • Can you link that 4.3 mil figure?
    we could match it i bet. if he's EVER gonna get back in, now is the time and we are the place!
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