On the latest installment of “Monday Night Football,” Jon Gruden enthusiastically identified Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry as a Tennessee Volunteer.
The Twitterverse immediately blew up. To some, it was incontrovertible evidence of Gruden’s interest in the Tennessee coaching job. His shoutout to UT meant he was leaving ESPN’s broadcast booth in favor of the Neyland Stadium sidelines, right?
Never mind that Gruden later called Dexter McCluster an Ole Miss Rebel. Nobody suggested Gruden was the leading candidate to replace first-year Rebels coach Hugh Freeze.
This is the phenomenon of Jon Gruden, particularly as it relates to the likely vacancy at Tennessee. Through idle speculation, wishful thinking or adding 2 and 2 and coming up with 22, many UT fans are convinced Gruden is positioned to replace Derek Dooley as Vols coach.
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