David Climer: Tennessee Vols' dream of Jon Gruden is just that

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, right, stands with his wife Cindy during the premier of The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story premiered at the Tennessee Theatre on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

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ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, right, stands with his wife Cindy during the premier of The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story premiered at the Tennessee Theatre on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

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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orange_glory writes:

yep

orange_glory writes:

still would be nice

OrangePsyched writes:

Was on VN last night and it was blowing up stating that Gruden had signed MOU. Some of the guys that generally have good info was verifying the rumor as true. Now it's just disappeared. I have always said Gruden wasn't coming and then last night I thought I was wrong and got kind of excited. Oh well.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Desperate Housewives, er ...... I mean Vol Fans.

GBO - Wait Till Next Year

volinlm writes:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

Rock85 writes:

HIRE Gruden.. Spend what it takes, Tennessee will make money on the deal, Ticket sales CHUCKY DOLLS and GOT CHUCKY SHIRTS... Ask Bama or South Carolina...

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Vol Elite was saying it was going to be Gruden to Tennessee. I just said whomever started that was like a little snow flake which turned into a big snow ball. Maybe he will, probably he won't.

But I'll say this, people like 'Climate' aka Dave Climer would literally be sick if it happened. He, Adams, and the like thrive on adverse things happening to Tennessee so they would not know how to handle something positive taking place on the Hill.

Rock85 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

No way Doodles is coming back...Fans will JACK HAMMER the rock if that happened..

wallingdad writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Vol Elite was saying it was going to be Gruden to Tennessee. I just said whomever started that was like a little snow flake which turned into a big snow ball. Maybe he will, probably he won't.

But I'll say this, people like 'Climate' aka Dave Climer would literally be sick if it happened. He, Adams, and the like thrive on adverse things happening to Tennessee so they would not know how to handle something positive taking place on the Hill.

I am really ready for something positive to happen. I guess it will be in basketball

tovolny writes:

GO AWAY, GOMER!!!!!...your street cred around these parts has exhausted. Just do all of us a favor and stick with Vandy and your buddy in Columbia. Wait, I have one last word for you: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ONE OF THESE DAYS, ALICE, ONE OF THESE DAYS.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Just because Climer (hates the thought of Gruden at UT) doesn't mean it's not possible. I'll believe it when I see it, but I'll wait until it is completely confirmed or denied..GBO!!

RoyaltyVol writes:

Check out Tony Basilio and what he says about latest on Gruden. If we're willing to pay, then Gruden will be our next HC.

tonybasilio.com

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Check out Tony Basilio and what he says about latest on Gruden. If we're willing to pay, then Gruden will be our next HC.

tonybasilio.com

Tony Basilio is about as credible as the National Enquirer.

volsfan615 writes:

I honestly think David Climer and John Adams are possibly the worst columnists in history. Climer bashes Tennessee whenever he gets the chance except when they beat Vanderbilt. I guess he forgot the paper he writes for is called "THE TENNESSEAN" ....... GBO

jone8191#247590 writes:

Either this story is weird or they need to fire the headline writer, because I felt better about the long shot possibility of Gruden coming to UT after reading it than before. It makes sense that he would not comment because Dooloser is still in office. It must be noted that Gruden has been just as silent as Dave Mute, the AD.

copia69296 writes:

If the UT job was as great a gig as some of us think it is, we would have had the 'elite' coach when Fulmer left.

AD Hart (Alabama) helped bring in Sanseri (Alabama). Maybe, just maybe, the problem is not Dooley.

ournextguest writes:

Climer hates Tennessee. Additionally hes a first class dunghead

aspenvol2 writes:

Climer knows nothing more than Joe Anybody on the street. But has to write something, so he writes empty articles such as this..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to CantStandCantStandSaban:

Tony Basilio is about as credible as the National Enquirer.

Yeah, and I would place Climer somewhere below Basilio.

thevoice writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

Dooley ain't paid to beat Vandy and UK. His body language and coaching style alone indicate he's thrown in the towel. Volquest's John Bryce has indicated his source tells him Dooley's gone already.

Sweet writes:

DD will get one more year and they will fire SS as defensive CO. Offense is excellent but defense is problem. 4 million looks better to UT than 5 million for DD. 2013 is his year of reckoning and if things start out bad next year they will fire him in middle of season

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to copia69296:

If the UT job was as great a gig as some of us think it is, we would have had the 'elite' coach when Fulmer left.

AD Hart (Alabama) helped bring in Sanseri (Alabama). Maybe, just maybe, the problem is not Dooley.

We had a shot at Brian Kelly and opted for LK's promise of elite talent. UT should have gone with their first instincts. Like Bruce Pearl said, having a big arena is a good thing. Because when you fill it up it means you've done a great job.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

More delusion from Vols fans. Why on earth would Gruden come to UT? He doesn't need the money, and if he had the competitive urge to coach again, he'd choose one of many NFL jobs to come open yearly.

But don't get me wrong, I could care less if he did come to UT. Gruden would lose between 5-7 games in each of his first 3 seasons at UT and y'all would be calling for his head.

I think your best bet is keeping Dooley for another 2 years.

ACWLY writes:

My DREAM would be for David Climer and John Adams to marry [now that its legal, almost] and move to a place they LOVE, like Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas or Florida, ANYWHERE BUT TENNESSEE!

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

CDD came here with a .459 winning % and never won squat at the pee wee level.

Gruden has a ring, say it was due to Dungy or Captain Kangaroo, but his team won it all and he has won more than he lost at the next level.

Will Gruden come to UT? Likely waiting on one of many NFL billets to offer after this season. Till then, that espeepeen gig is sweet, and he has a nation of college fans who are starving for a winner, scrounging the internet for any scrap of indication and clinging to every word he utters on MNF in desparate hopes he will return our once proud program to its rightful place within college football elite ranks.

6972 writes:

Gruden...A dream....well duh! I am still holding out for Tom Landry or Vince Lombardi.

P.S. While I am wishing, I want John Madden to replace Kessling.

pcorange writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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I think the UT score is about right, but VU will put up more than 23 on this defense. You forget, we have the worst defense in the SEC, and very near the worst in all of college football. Zac Stacy is out, but Rodgers is a good QB and he'll light our secondary up. I think it might be more like:

UT 51
VU 42

StoneJackBaller writes:

I think the one thing he would bring that no other coach could bring right away would be the ability to recruit BIG TIME. He would also FILL THE STANDS, which is what UT really wants.

pcorange writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

CDD came here with a .459 winning % and never won squat at the pee wee level.

Gruden has a ring, say it was due to Dungy or Captain Kangaroo, but his team won it all and he has won more than he lost at the next level.

Will Gruden come to UT? Likely waiting on one of many NFL billets to offer after this season. Till then, that espeepeen gig is sweet, and he has a nation of college fans who are starving for a winner, scrounging the internet for any scrap of indication and clinging to every word he utters on MNF in desparate hopes he will return our once proud program to its rightful place within college football elite ranks.

I remember Bill Parcells said one time that he was expected to prepare a fine meal, but he wasn't allowed to shop for the groceries. So it is in the NFL. More so than in college, the coaches are very limited in choosing their personnel.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

You people who are predicting 51 points most likely have no clue Vandy's defense has allowed only 4 TD passes all year. Ut has the number 111 ranked defense in points allowed. Unless we have an extended overtime periods, UT will not put up 50 on this Vandy team. Vandy's offense is very good at eating up the clock and running the football. This will not be a track meet. Franklin is too smart to play that style vs UT.

illinoisvolfan writes:

Climer has temporarily forgotten that Vandy will be looking for a head coach sooner than later. Franklin won't be staying long at Vandy and no one knows it better than Franklin himself. No matter how good his Dores teams are (and he has done a good job), they won't win the SEC East anytime soon.

But in the ACC where he came from, a team can come out of nowhere and win that league and go the Orange Bowl. Look at Wake Forest from a few seasons ago, for example. Maryland (where Franklin was Ralph Friedgen's OC), Virginia, and Wake could all be in the market for head coaches at the end of this season or next. Look for Franklin to be a top candidate for any or all of those spots.

Meanwhile, where is Dave Hart?

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to pcorange:

I remember Bill Parcells said one time that he was expected to prepare a fine meal, but he wasn't allowed to shop for the groceries. So it is in the NFL. More so than in college, the coaches are very limited in choosing their personnel.

Seems ole Bill always looked like he ate very well, despite not doing the grocery shopping.

Re your point, guess it could come down to whether Gruden thinks he could win the recruiting game against miles, saban and the uf boy wonder, or still win with what is left after they pluck all the 5*s they want.

And betcha Gruden believes in the stars as one important measure (not the only) of a player's worth since he sure did mention it often when he interviewed all those college qbs for that espn piece he did last year.

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to jone8191#247590:

Either this story is weird or they need to fire the headline writer, because I felt better about the long shot possibility of Gruden coming to UT after reading it than before. It makes sense that he would not comment because Dooloser is still in office. It must be noted that Gruden has been just as silent as Dave Mute, the AD.

Exactly, I also felt we wouldn't have a shot a Gruden. After reading this, there are sports writers in the KNOW who could see it happenning. I am not saying it will; I am saying I feel better about our chances now than before. Climer, keep using other writers to make your points. You're proving some things about your abilities that many on here are complaining about. It isn't a "dream" afterall.

dlobh writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

Still don't get the obsession with saying that Tampa Bay was Tony Dungy's team. While that may be true to some extent in that Dungy had coached most of the players the previous years, the team, coached by Gruden, won Super Bowl XXXVII, defeating the Oakland Raiders, where he had been the head coach for the previous 4 seasons. So Gruden should then get credit for the Raiders making the Super Bowl, right? And Tampa Bay still had to be coached the year they won it - doubt if Dooley could have led them to that win.

clvolfan writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

Was on VN last night and it was blowing up stating that Gruden had signed MOU. Some of the guys that generally have good info was verifying the rumor as true. Now it's just disappeared. I have always said Gruden wasn't coming and then last night I thought I was wrong and got kind of excited. Oh well.

If he was,it would be all over ESPN,all day long.Wonder who we'll be stuck with this time.
If we could have gotten Summerlin(A&M)and took Dooley,Hamilton's buyout should have been voided.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

True! So true. Gruden would put UT back in the limelight but it would backfire quick...I don't think he'd be a winner.

dlobh writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

You people who are predicting 51 points most likely have no clue Vandy's defense has allowed only 4 TD passes all year. Ut has the number 111 ranked defense in points allowed. Unless we have an extended overtime periods, UT will not put up 50 on this Vandy team. Vandy's offense is very good at eating up the clock and running the football. This will not be a track meet. Franklin is too smart to play that style vs UT.

While your point is well taken to some extent, oh bastion of knowledge and prognostication, Bray is 6th in the country in passing yards and TD's thrown, with nobody else from the SEC in the top 10. So it is highly likely that the mighty Vandy defense has not faced a passing attack like UT's. I do agree, however, that if Franklin is smart, he won't get into a track meet with the Vols.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

You are right in some of your statements, except for the last. One thing I do know for a fact, Kentucky will be Dooley's last game as Tennessee coach

agentorange writes:

Adams and Climer are truly embarrassing themselves.

traderjoe writes:

If we fire Hart and Dooley and let Gruden be AD and coach, then we'll make money on the deal. If Hart brought in Sunseri, then it's obvious he's not qualified to hire the next head coach. The Vol powers that be should realize this and boot his $750,000.00 Bama behind out the door and bring in someone who knows how to evaluate needs relative to talent.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to Sweet:

DD will get one more year and they will fire SS as defensive CO. Offense is excellent but defense is problem. 4 million looks better to UT than 5 million for DD. 2013 is his year of reckoning and if things start out bad next year they will fire him in middle of season

WRONG! Dooley is done...book it

tennrich1 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

While I certainly am NOT in the camp of thinking Gruden will come to UT, I can see where a hire like this would energize the fan base and show a commitment to long term success.....You can hire quality assistance to X and O the thing to death...Is Jon Gruden coming to coach at Tennessee??? Of course not but this is a ritual that has become college football when you're team is struggling...so let them have their fun...and hopefully we can land a quality head coach!!!! If, in fact, we lose ours...

agentorange writes:

Gruden will not be at TN. Even writing about it is stupid.

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to volinlm:

Still don't get the Gruden craze. Eleven years as a head coach, winning % of .540 with three scattered years of over 10.Superbowl win..he gets credit for offensive changes, but defense (which wins championships) was all Tony Dungy. He would certainly bring some recruits because of name, but I still think that are better choices. Besides, if Dooley beats Vandy and Ky, he's here in 2013.

You don't get the Gruden craze and you think beating Vandy and Kentucky will save Dooley's job. Comments like this makes me wonder what it is you could be looking at when watching football. How many Championships did Dungy win with the Tampa defense? What did it take for him to finally win one? Peyton Manning that's easy. Oakland went to the Super Bowl once with the team Gruden built after he left but what have they done since? Gruden took a team that Dungy couldn't get it done with and won a championship. How good have they been since they fired him? Not very. I don't think Gruden is coming but Dooley is definitely going and if Gruden did end up in Knoxville if you don't think that's a huge upgrade from what they got now then you don't know squat.

GerryOP writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

True! So true. Gruden would put UT back in the limelight but it would backfire quick...I don't think he'd be a winner.

I agree with you on Gruden '92. Too many rules and not enough freedom for Gruden. But, the 1st couple of years Neyland would be full and a top 10 recruiting class each year.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

More delusion from Vols fans. Why on earth would Gruden come to UT? He doesn't need the money, and if he had the competitive urge to coach again, he'd choose one of many NFL jobs to come open yearly.

But don't get me wrong, I could care less if he did come to UT. Gruden would lose between 5-7 games in each of his first 3 seasons at UT and y'all would be calling for his head.

I think your best bet is keeping Dooley for another 2 years.

17-9 Georgia

CCLC writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

You people who are predicting 51 points most likely have no clue Vandy's defense has allowed only 4 TD passes all year. Ut has the number 111 ranked defense in points allowed. Unless we have an extended overtime periods, UT will not put up 50 on this Vandy team. Vandy's offense is very good at eating up the clock and running the football. This will not be a track meet. Franklin is too smart to play that style vs UT.

Actually Vandy is peaking. Playing pretty good ball. Vols have just lost the will to win. Dooley will be gone. It's as good as a slam dunk. Once Vanderbilt beats the Vols we can officially rename James Franklin as the "Coach Killer", having beaten Joker Phillips, Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley on their way out the door. Not a chance that Gruden takes over for Dooley. And even though they're flirting with Petrino, don't bet on that either.This has been a very tough year and a questionable call to hire LB coach and make him your DC and switch to a 3-4. Georgia had their first losing season under CMR the year they switched to a 3-4. With huge coaching departures and changes in systems there was just no way to recover with any real speed. There were just not enough positives to pull the program up to a competitive gear. No amount of shower protocol, orange ceramic dogs, hybrid bamboo or Puerto Rican prom pants were going to have any sustainable effect. And that is a shame. UT has been a dynasty in the SEC. I think supporters and rivals would be happy to see her competitive again.
just sayin'

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to shipperman#280095:

You are right in some of your statements, except for the last. One thing I do know for a fact, Kentucky will be Dooley's last game as Tennessee coach

you must be one of the numerous "insiders" on this site

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

More delusion from Vols fans. Why on earth would Gruden come to UT? He doesn't need the money, and if he had the competitive urge to coach again, he'd choose one of many NFL jobs to come open yearly.

But don't get me wrong, I could care less if he did come to UT. Gruden would lose between 5-7 games in each of his first 3 seasons at UT and y'all would be calling for his head.

I think your best bet is keeping Dooley for another 2 years.

if the thought of this doesn't bother you the I wouldn't have just read this post

ccjackson40#254643 writes:

in response to Sweet:

DD will get one more year and they will fire SS as defensive CO. Offense is excellent but defense is problem. 4 million looks better to UT than 5 million for DD. 2013 is his year of reckoning and if things start out bad next year they will fire him in middle of season

you forgot the excellent recruiting i mean this pipeline of La. Tech caliber talent should get us straight to the top of the SEC

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