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Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:26:11 pm »



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Bring on the #Grumors.

Tennessee finally pulled the plug on Butch Jones Sunday after a disastrous 50-17 loss to Missouri. Jones recruited well during his five years at Tennessee but never capitalized on a down SEC East and didn't endear himself to the Vols fanbase with hokey sayings like "Champions of Life."

Now, the attention turns to "Monday Night Football" analyst Jon Gruden, long the object of Tennessee fan affection. Gruden, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pops up every time Tennessee has a job opening, and this year is no different. With Jones officially out, expect the Gruden rumors to be in full force.

Why is Gruden so associated with Tennessee openings? Fans usually point to the fact he previously worked as a Tennessee graduate assistant, his wife, Cindy, is a former Tennessee cheerleader and he has a son who is currently a student at UT. The rumors picked up steam in October when he visited his son and attended the Tennessee-South Carolina game.

It's more than that, though.

Gruden previously told school administrators that Tennessee is one of only three college jobs he'd ever take...
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 05:39:02 am »

Pat Forde gives strong opinion about chance of Jon Gruden coaching Tennessee


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Don’t waste time with the revived Grumors (3) — Jon Gruden is not walking off that private plane in Knoxville as the next coach of Tennessee. Athletic director John Currie could do worse than Memphis’ Mike Norvell (4), although he might bear uncomfortable resemblance to Jones as an American Athletic Conference-level coach who is still riding the momentum of the successful previous regime — Norvell is to Justin Fuente at Memphis as Jones is to Brian Kelly at Cincinnati.
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2017, 06:04:26 am »

Any time there is a coaching vacancy in the NFL or at a big-time college program, ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden always appears as a potential hire. It's not surprising. He is an intelligent coach, who has the ability to communicate with everyone. There is an itch broadcasting can't scratch...


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Gruden is linked to rumors of coaching college football at Tennessee, even reportedly contacting coaches to be on his staff. Where there is smoke, there is fire, and Gruden is in middle of it all. Even if he doesn't take this job, he will be coaching again before you know it. Just hear what he had to say on the Rich Eisen Show:

    I have talked to people in years past. I plan on keeping my options open. If something comes along down the road, we'll take a look at it.

There is no way Gruden walks away from such an easy life to get thrown back into the meat grinder...
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 05:33:42 am »

 AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports
16h16 hours ago

Jon Gruden on Tennessee rumors: 'You never say never to nothing'
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 06:15:20 am »

 Ross Dellenger‏Verified account @RossDellenger
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Orgeron live questioner: "Tennessee is an ancient Indian word. It means. 'John Gruden is gonna be our next coach.'"
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 08:13:48 am »

Titans yes.. Volunteers.. no.
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 06:05:05 am »

 Jimmy Hyams‏ @JimmyHyams
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As I reported earlier Jon Gruden did not meet today with John Currie and other boosters about the Tennessee job. As I also reported Tennessee might talk to Gruden in the future but I do not think he will take the UT  job. If he returns to coaching I think it will be in the NFL
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2017, 07:36:29 am »

Dream on, Tennessee, but Jon Gruden isn't Nick Saban


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Scarblog: Said it before, but it bears repeating as the #Grumors reach critical mass. SEC football programs would be much better off if they would stop trying to hire another Nick Saban.

There's only one of those.

So here's a little friendly advice for our neighbors to the north whose favorite color is dreamsicle orange. Dream on, Vols for Life, but if your Jon Gruden fantasy were to happen, he wouldn't be even a reasonable facsimile.

Look at the SEC coaches who've beaten Saban since he got things rolling in his second season in Tuscaloosa: Urban Meyer, Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Gene Chizik, Kevin Sumlin, Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze.

Only Spurrier had NFL head coaching experience, as weak as it was, on his resume. With the exception of Meyer's relentless intensity, none of them bears much resemblance to the Alabama coach. With the exception of Malzahn and Sumlin, none of them still works in the SEC.

Spurrier throwing out coaching search hints to the Gator Nation doesn't count as work.
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2017, 08:29:56 am »

The truth about Jon Gruden and Tennessee coaching search

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Jon Gruden-to-Tennessee “Grumors” are in full effect. Reporters are fruitlessly staking out airports. Bloggers are looking to out-sensationalize one another.

Don’t kill the messenger, Vols fans, but it’s extremely unlikely that Gruden is coming to Rocky Top.

“I can’t see it happening,” a prominent booster told SEC Country on Thursday.

“I don’t think Jon Gruden is coming,” a Tennessee football staff member said later in the day.

But Gruden recently said “never say never to nothing” in regard to a possible return to coaching, and that is all the hope some Vols’ fans need.
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2017, 10:19:12 pm »

Calhoun's
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We’d like to take a moment to clear things up as well as apologize. We got excited- like everyone. Please read:


 Chris Low‏Verified account @ClowESPN
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Chris Low Retweeted Calhoun's
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Having done this for 30 years, I've never seen anything rise to this level of lunacy with all the Gruden stuff. Not even close.
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Re: Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have some merit
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2017, 08:08:05 am »

AL.com sports‏Verified account @aldotcomSports

Was Jon Gruden in Knoxville Saturday or wasn't he? 'Grumors' continue to swirl


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Jon Gruden might have been in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, but then maybe he might not have been.

With Tennessee's football coaching job officially open, the last few days have been a peak time for #Grumors. The former NFL coach -- and current NFL analyst -- may or may not have been spotted dining with former Volunteers quarterback Peyton Manning at Calhoun's, a popular area restaurant.




 bill hofheimer @bhofheimer_espn

For all those wondering, Jon Gruden is actually 2,500 miles away from Calhoun's ... in Seattle prepping for #MNF. Production mtgs w/ the Seahawks this afternoon. https://twitter.com/calhouns/status/932050993788936192
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Why the Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors do not have merit
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2017, 05:46:56 am »

 Michael Carvell‏ @Michael_Carvell
12h12 hours ago

ESPN’s Sean McDonough on MNF partner Jon Gruden: ‘He’s not going to Tennessee’


Would know.
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