Jon Gruden is leaning towards returning to coaching, two sources close to the situation confirmed to me.
The San Diego Union-Tribune first reported that Gruden had decided to return to coaching next season.
However, two sources said late Monday night that while Gruden is indeed leaning towards returning, it's not certain. But some of this might be semantics. I'm told Gruden wants to see what positions he could possibly get before making a 100 percent final decision and that he hasn't officially made one yet because of the uncertainty.
(I was also told Gruden didn't expect this news to get out so soon.)
But again, semantics. He wants to come back. That's the important part of this story. And while I fully expect Gruden to issue a statement with some sort of non-denial/denial saying he's happy at ESPN, he's eyeing a return.
Gruden wants to coach again as soon as possible. That part is fact.
"He's ready to leave television," said one source, "but only if the right job is out there."
And that job, as the Union-Tribune reported, could be the St. Louis Rams.