Posted by Chip Patterson
In the latest episode of As The Gruden Turns, Wednesday morning brings some clarification to Tuesday night's reports from Canesport.com. According to a story in the Miami Herald, a "high-level UM source" has indicated that Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt has traveled to Tampa to meet with Jon Gruden, a meeting expected to take place on Wednesday.
Two members of Miami's Board of Trustees have indicated to the Herald that Gruden is the top choice in the search to replace Randy Shannon, but they are concerned he might decide to wait for a job in the NFL. As suggested by Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Gruden was initially uninterested in the position. But he has since begun to entertain the possibility of returning to the college sideline. The purpose of Hocutt's trip was to determine whether Gruden would take the position if offered.
The Herald also clarified that while the aforementioned actions are being taken to work on Gruden, several trustees said the process had not reached the stage of "hammering out final details" as the Canesport.com report suggested. If Gruden says no to Hocutt, Miami has begun assembling their list of next-best options. That list is reported to include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Utah's Kyle Whittingham, Arizona's Mike Stoops, and at least two other names.