Tag:Jon Gruden
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Report: Mullen is Option 1A for Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So yesterday I told you about Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen saying that he hasn't been contacted by any schools about any head coaching jobs. He also went on to say that he is happy at Mississippi State.  Well, I also said that just because Mullen hasn't been contacted yet, that doesn't mean he won't be contacted in the near future, and that he'd be dumb not to consider any offers.

Well, bad news, Mississippi State fans.  Those sleepless nights are upon you, as according to a report on CaneSport.com, Mullen is option 1A in the Miami coaching search.

Sources have told CaneSport that they think that is Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt's ultimate vision if he can land Mullen or Gruden when they have conversations Tuesday and/or Wednesday and one of those two guys is hired as Miami's head coach.

Gruden has publicly denied interest in the job and there are questions whether Miami will have the budget to pacify a coach of Gruden's stature. At the same time, others are saying that budget issues have already been worked out and that Gruden is on the brink of being introduced as the new leader of Miami football. The Gruden speculation has created one of the craziest 48 hours in UM coaching search history. 

So right now, we are going to call Mullen and Gruden 1A and 1B and predict one of the two will land the job.


Seriously, Miami!  Let the dream of Gruden go!  Why would a coach that could get something like $5 million annually in a return to the NFL as a head coach accept $3 million to coach at Miami?  Not only would he make more money in the NFL, but he wouldn't have to recruit and he wouldn't have to deal with 18-year old kids.

Focus on Mullen.  He's just as good of an option as Gruden, if not better.  After all, we already know that Dan Mullen can do a good job on the college level, look at what he's done in the toughest conference in the country, in the toughest division.  Gruden has never been the head coach of a major college football program.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:44 pm
 

So about that Gruden to Miami rumor...

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.
Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 7:07 pm
 

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

From the sound of things, the Miami Hurricanes may not be without a head coach for very long.  After announcing that Randy Shannon had been fired following Saturday's loss to South Florida, there are rumors out of Miami that former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is going to take over at Miami.

Now, it's important to point out here that neither Gruden nor Miami have said anything about this rumor.  It all started out as a solitary tweet on Sunday afternoon that quickly became an internet and Twitter wildfire.  Still, according to a report in the Sun-Sentinel, Gruden has reached out to Miami to talk about the job.

According to a UM source, former NFL coach Jon Gruden initiated contact with the university to express his desire for the job and that the interest in mutual. Hocutt said there's no timeline on the hire and that money will not be an issue in the selection.


Now, just because both sides are reportedly interested, that doesn't mean Gruden is going to be the next head coach at Miami.  Often times there's interest on behalf of both parties, but then once contract details begin getting hammered out, that interest can sometimes wane.

Still, the fact that this was reported in the Sun-Sentinel lends a lot more credibility to the rumor than a single tweet ever could.  There definitely appears to be some smoke here.

Whatever ends up happening, it's pretty obvious that 'Canes fans have already begun fantasizing about the possibilities.

 
 
 
 
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