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Jon Gruden to Miami -- or not

Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:41 pm

If Jon Gruden has been let go by Miami, well, it's a damn shame.

The man had the job for two hours Sunday night. What the heck is going to happen to all his commits? The next coach is going to have a heck of a salvage job. Shabby way to treat a coach, Miami.

What? Wait, Gruden never was hired by Miami? You're kidding? I saw it on Twitter. I saw it from sources. I saw it in blogs. I saw in my e-mail. When a guy can't trust those outlets who can he trust?

For those of you sarcasm-impaired, calm down. We have entered a dark, confusing, dangerous age in journalism. Rumors are now stories. If we don't react to them, you do so at your own peril. Sources can send us scrambling like Top Gun fighter pilots. We have to. If we don't, we risk getting scooped. There's the same chance we also might end up chasing those wild geese.

My friend Chip Brown of added credibility to himself and his site covering the Big 12 realignment story this summer. He had a source, or sources, who turned out to be right. What happened Sunday night I'm not sure. I was getting those same texts, e-mails, blogs and scuttlebutt telling me that something was up with Gruden and Miami. Real? Not real? I see names attached to Twitter accounts. Sometimes I don't know who is at the other end of those accounts.

Just sayin'.

It was a strange week: Michigan AD Dave Brandon felt compelled to react to rumors that Rich Rodriguez was going to be fired after the Ohio State game. These days a high-ranking official like Brandon almost has react to such rumors. His silence would have lent credibility to them -- and that's sad. And until Michigan plays another game, those rumors could be true.

Also last week, film surfaced of Nebraska coordinator Carl Pelini seemingly going after a guy holding a camera on the field following the Texas A&M game. Before it could be confirmed by any reliable source, Pelini himself confirmed it by apologizing.

Whatever sources there were Sunday night in this Gruden "story" were wrong. Or at least, they were wrong for the moment. Or maybe just Gruden and Miami couldn't work something out. Thank goodness, our Clark Judge added some finality to the situation quoting a source -- one you should trust -- saying there was a "zero percent chance" Gruden would end up at Miami.

All that being said, would anyone be surprised if Gruden eventually did become the Miami coach? He issued this non-denial denial on Sunday.

"I am committed to MNF and to ESPN," Gruden said in a statement. "I enjoy working with Mike [Tirico], [Ron Jaworski] and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job."

Nowhere in there does it say, "I am not going to be the coach at the University of Miami."

Maybe that's because it could still happen.  Gruden would be a great hire for Miami. The nation is getting an inside look at his expertise each week on television. He has a Super Bowl ring. He has coached in college, though not in 19 years.

 One question, though: If Gruden is hired by the Canes would he be returning to Miami?

Category: NCAAF

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2010 6:45 pm

Jon Gruden to Miami -- or not

The power of today's social media sources is so powerful.  In fact, the time has come where we no longer need traditional media sources, like CBS Sports writers, to get our sports information fix.  Although these traditional writers will continue to bad mouth their new competition and presenting premature stories way before companies like CBS do and thus are sometimes wrong, the facts are that they are often correct and get the story way before mainstream media.  If it wasn't for "fantasy," would most of us even access   For those of you sarcastically challenged, that's ok, there isn't any in my article.  This is reality and I like it this way

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:02 am

Jon Gruden to Miami -- or not

I can agree with that except for the part where (and I won't unfairly lump you in, you know if you're guilty of this or not) Bond and Rogers' stories both changed multiple times.  Rogers' even changed within one radio interview, and the likes of ESPN, FoxSports and some on CBS (to a much lesser degree) ran with everything little thing without mentioning the inconsistencies or checking facts.  Let's face it, at this point all "we" know is that 3 MSU boosters admit to having conversations that violate NCAA rules even if they didn't talk about money, and while they keep saying it was Cecil's idea, have zero proof to back it up.  How did Rogers know to call Bell?  All we've heard is Rogers texted a payment plan to Bell.  We still have zero to tie Newton to this, and if Cecil had done as the "source" in Atlanta claimed and spilled his guts about the plan to the NCAA don't we all believe that would have been all it took for the NCAA to pull the plug on Cam? 

I'm sure it's not lost on you how quiet all this has gotten the last couple weeks.  The only mention is by commentator EVERY time they refer to Cam.  "Cam Newton who is alleged to have been involved in a play for pay schem, threw for 250 yds and ran for another 170 today..."  It's so old, but makes for a decent drinking game.  Take care Dodd and thanks for taking the time to read.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:59 pm

Jon Gruden to Miami -- or not

You have a point except that we do have two former Miss St players (John Bond, Kenny Rogers) on the record saying that Cecil Newton solicited money. Everything else has been a lot of conjecture.


Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:21 pm

Jon Gruden to Miami -- or not

Curious about one thing Dodd.  You so correctly pointed out in a wonderfully sarcastic way how rumors turn into fact with "journalism" today, but where was this criticism during the Newton rumormill that snowballed?  Not much news about it the last week and a half....

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