Report: Jon Gruden 'open to hearing' from Texas

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Jon Gruden: the college football coaching search's white whale
Jon Gruden: the college football coaching search's white whale. (USATSI)

Every year there are signs that winter is drawing nearer. Leaves die and begin to fall off of trees, temperatures drop, depending on where you live some snow begins to fall, and then somebody reports that Jon Gruden is interested in a college coaching job.

It's time to bust out the thermal underwear because Orangebloods.com is reporting that Gruden is "open to hearing" from Texas about its currently vacant coaching position.

Although Gruden has flourished in broadcasting with ESPN since his departure from NFL coaching, our source mentioned that the Texas job is one of the few offers that Gruden would consider, claiming that the Super Bowl-winning coach views the position as one of a few "premiere" jobs that he would consider if approached about them during an opening.

"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," the source said of Gruden's interest. "(James) Franklin, (Jim) Mora, they're are great coaches - but stepping into this sort of situation for the first time? You're going to have limited success."

Every year there's a job that Gruden would see as one of those "premiere" jobs and then Jon Gruden stays in the television booth because it pays pretty darn well and requires far less work and stress than being a head coach does.

And it's important to remember what a source told CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman last week when Feldman was writing about potential candidates for the Texas job.

"Jon Gruden's the greatest tire-kicker in the history of coaching."

Kick away, Jon. Kick away.

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