Ah, mid-football season #Grumors, a tradition unlike any other. You can take it to the bank that every year when a high profile program or team starts to struggle, with their head coach firmly on the hot seat, the Grumors will start flying.
Last year it was LSU when Les Miles was on his way out the door, along with when the Rams fired Jeff Fisher. Before that, he was connected to basically any other major football job that opened up. From the Indianapolis Colts to Arkansas to Notre Dame. That’s how Grumors work. A good job becomes available and Gruden is immediately placed at the top of the list of potential candidates. Remember, he’s been “retired” as a head coach since 2008.
So this year’s big job is obviously Tennessee. To put it lightly, Butch Jones has been an unmitigated disaster and it’s just a matter of time before he’s gone. Before today, the Grumors had already started among UT fans, but now they’ve been turned up to 11 after Jon was spotted in Knoxville today.
I guess I have to point out that Monday Night Football is in Nashville this week and that his son does go to Tennessee, so those are legitimate reasons for him to be in Knoxville.
But besides those very logical explanations, the Grumors are here and they’re here to stay
Earlier this summer he said he wanted to coach again
“I love ESPN,” Gruden said. “I mean I love what I’m doing. I’m with a great team — a great group of guys. I’m still real close to the game. I still stay in contact with a lot of players and coaches at the league at every level. I don’t know if [all the talk] is flattering or irritating. I don’t really pay attention to a lot of it. But I am — every year — preparing myself to coach. Sometimes I show up at camp and I show up in the offseason and people let me coach. I jump in drills and they still let me install plays and call plays at some places. I still have a lot of fun.”
Paul Finebaum said this:
And this was last week in Tampa