Posted by Tom Fornelli
What a whirlwind few days it's been down in South Beach. We've gone from Jon Gruden is the next head coach at Miami to Jon Gruden isn't interested in Miami to Jon Gruden is interested in Miami after all and then to the final details are being hammered out. You know, unless there's a "glitch" in the proceedings.
Well, our next turn on the Gruden rollercoaster provides such a glitch. According to the Miami Herald, Gruden did in fact meet with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday morning, but it doesn't look like he's going to be accepting any offer anytime soon.
"Gruden was cordial," a member of the Miami Board of Trustees told the paper. "He listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made. He said he didn't want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL.
"He didn't say yes. He didn't say no. But in effect, it's probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can't wait that long.''
In other words, Mr. Gruden appreciates your interest, and he's flattered, but he's just not interested in Miami. But don't worry, it's not you, Miami, it's him. You see, this guy considers himself more of an NFL guy. Sure, he showed up to see if you were willing to pony up so much money that he'd be stupid not to accept, but you didn't, and now he'll move on to his next NFL payday.*
Don't get your feelings hurt. It's just business.
*Cue the 'Canes faithful who haven't quite accepted this yet to start with the "It's just a negotiating ploy!"