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Jon Gruden even rides high school refs

Posted on: September 17, 2010 2:34 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

For those of you who didn’t know, Jon Gruden is coaching high school football this season. Gruden is an assistant at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa. It sounds like the Super Bowl-winning head coach is taking the gig quite seriously.

Will Brinson came across a story that has somehow laid low for nearly two weeks. J. Gruden (US Presswire)

The story is, in Carrollwood Day’s September 3 season opener, Gruden drew a 15-yard penalty for berating the officials. According to, “Gruden was so tormented by the call that he abandoned his teenage roster and left the field for the remainder of the game.”

For the record, Gruden was not ejected. The school’s athletic director, Frank Mabry, wants to make that very clear. “Whether or not it was (Gruden’s) celebrity, I don’t know, but the officials made the call. I was right there myself. In all honesty, he was upset with the officials and he did receive a sideline penalty and a warning, but it was definitely overblown.

“He was not ejected. He left the sidelines on his own volition and watched from the stands. (Gruden) has been absolutely awesome with our students and accommodating with our coaches. It’s a shame that people were saying that he was ejected and making a big deal out of that. That’s not what happened. He chose to remove himself from the situation.”

One of the parents for the opposing team said Gruden continued to harangue the officials from the stands, in part by calling the refs “Forest Gump” (sorry we don’t have the specific context – we know it’s hard to gauge the quality of Gruden’s alleged trash talking here).

Oh Chucky….maybe it’s time to send NFL teams your résumé again.

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