Posted by Tom Fornelli
Squash it. Squash it like a palmetto bug beneath your foot.
The rumor of the day had been that Jon Gruden, a former NFL head coach that won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and currently works for ESPN, was going to be taking over for Randy Shannon at Miami. It was all the rage on Twitter, and even the Sun-Sentinel reported that Gruden had contacted the school about the job opening.
Well, that may all be true, but as of Sunday night, Gruden finally spoke publicly. He's not going to be taking the job at Miami.
"I am committed to MNF & to ESPN," said Gruden in a statement released on Sunday night. "I enjoy working with Mike [Tirico], [Ron Jaworski] and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job."
Doesn't sound like the words of a man who is on the verge of signing a contract with Miami in the near future, does it? Of course, there will be those Miami fans who were so excited about the idea that will tell themselves that Gruden never said he ISN'T going to Miami in his statement, and that this is just a ploy to get more money and blah blah blah.
Listen, he's not coming. I'm sorry, I know you got excited by the idea, but it's just not happening. Things are going to be okay, I promise. Miami is still a nice destination for a head coach, you'll be able to find somebody. Besides, did you really want Gruden? I mean, did you want to subject yourself to having to hear about THIS GUY and THIS GUY and how they're a FOOTBALL PLAYER every day for the next few years?
No. Of course you didn't.