Coaching roundup: Charles Davis says he thinks Gruden would listen to Vols

Jon Gruden has become a hot item on the coaching wish list this season. 

(Associated Press)

Jon Gruden has become a hot item on the coaching wish list this season. (Associated Press)

Much of the speculation about Jon Gruden has focused on Tennessee's potential competitors among other college and NFL teams.

But what about the pull of Gruden's television career?

In an un-aired portion of an interview with ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, Sports Illustrated NFL analyst Peter King said he believes ESPN would be upset if Jon Gruden left Monday Night Football to return to coaching.

The interview was posted on the Deadspin website Wednesday.

"I think at some point Jon Gruden definitely will go back to the sideline," King said. "I think the bosses at ESPN would be miffed, to put it mildly, if it happened this year. They dumped Jaws (Ron Jaworski) out of the booth to go totally with Gruden. If he takes off this year there would be a lot of dissatisfaction, naturally."

King spent most of his time talking about Gruden's NFL options. He said he thought Gruden would look carefully at a team's quarterback situation when making his decision.

Tennessee, Arkansas and possibly other college programs could pursue Gruden, who was a successful NFL coach at Oakland and Tampa Bay but has little college experience.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe gestures as he coaches from the sideline in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 42-24. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe gestures as he coaches from the sideline in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 42-24. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Fox Sports and NFL Network analyst Charles Davis, a former Tennessee player who knows Gruden, told the News Sentinel Sports Page radio show on Wednesday that he was excited by the possibility of Gruden coming to Knoxville.

"I think that he would be intrigued," Davis said. "Jon hasn't said word one to me. But if Tennessee's interested in him, I'm pretty sure he's going to listen."

Still, Davis cautioned fans, "Take a deep breath and realize he has a lot of options out there."

Duke coach and former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe agreed to a new deal through 2018 Wednesday, likely squashing any rumors linking him to jobs at UT or elsewhere. Duke (6-5) is in the midst of its best season since 1994.

Miami (Fla.) coach Al Golden issued another strong statement Wednesday committing to work through NCAA hurdles with the Hurricanes rather than go elsewhere.

Miami head coach Al Golden reacts after a penalty call during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Miami, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Miami head coach Al Golden reacts after a penalty call during the first half of their NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Miami, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

"I think we're here for the right reasons, which is why you have a tendency to dig in and fight as opposed to flight," he told The Associated Press.

Miami has self-imposed two bowl bans and plans to hold back some scholarships in anticipation of NCAA sanctions.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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formerflgranny writes:

There are still no comments as I am not commenting on this article but I was First!

whiskeyman writes:

I'm second and clicking my heels about being #2 on posting here. Geaux Vols from the Whiskeyman stuck in Cajun Country up to my knees in swamp and spitting on every LSU fan I can. God; I hate those people!

BufordTJustice writes:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

ThurmondEppy writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

that last sentence was pretty funny

pcshowtime writes:

Gruden is the best make it happen. I live in bama and a bama booster called in local sports show. Bama fears him taking this job. It is like he said what 18 year old kid would not go play for gruden. He is a work-holic. He can get the best folks on his staff.

holen1 writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

100% agree on Golden. No way !

volbob writes:

Love the dude who said he's gonna subscribe to the cricket channel. Speculation is hysterical, too. Golden? Why?? Bobby P would be a better choice. What about Art Briles? He turned around a dormant Baylor program. Any new coach will bring in new staff. The last thing UT needs is another Clawsen/Sunseri, regardless of who the head coach is. My sister could have done a better job than Sunseri. If Dooley had just fired him mid-season the university probably wouldn't be looking at a buy-out disaster. Of course, if Phil had simply fired Clawsen mid-year we probably wouldn't be having this discussion. GBO

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

Cricket is good but Australian Rule Football is the best. Who doesn't love a game where old school butchers are the referees.

TKO writes:

Will be Petrino

PUL4VOLS writes:

Would love to see Gruden, don't think it will happen. So we are basically at square one as we were when they let Fulmer go. I am figuring we get a "good" potential who may or may not be the answer. We shall see.

movol53 writes:

Any coach that is worth our attention will still be involved with his current team until at least the last week of Dec / or first week of Jan 2013. The exception would be Gruden who will wait until later in Jan 2013 to see if and which NFL team maybe interested in hiring him. So from where I sit it looks like we are going to"loss" one recruiting class. 18 year olds will not wait until the last minute; even for someone who won a Super Bowl when they were 4 o 5 years old. These young ones probably have no clue who Gruden is except that they see him on ESPN; as an announcer. And may think - - if Gruden is still a good coach then why his he not coaching somewhere?

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

It doesn't matter whom you beat, it only matters you beat your peer group, something Golden and Strong did and are doing, something Dooley (and soon to be fired Chizik) did not do at any level. Saying a MAC coach shouldn't be hired because all he did was beat MAC teams is silly. That would be like saying Saban can't coach because his Alabama teams would lose in the NFL.... so what? Strong, Golden, Fedora, Jones - they've all shown an ability to take a certain level of players and beat their peers who have the same level of players. Give them better players and they will beat better teams. Kind of like Meyer (Bowling Green/Utah), Tressel (Youngstown State), Spurrier (Duke), and Saban (Toledo) - 'nuff said. I'm not saying we should hire Golden, Strong, or any of these guys but they can all coach. And any coach we get will be a "hopper" - if they aren't, they won't leave where they are....And Strong is 52 years old, 50 when he got his first HC job - not really that young. Yes, he did vaguely attribute the lag to race but that was as much the liberal media putting it out there as a theory as his claiming it. He's winning at Louisville, he was a stellar defensive coach at South Florida and Florida (a 3-time Broyles award finalist), he can recruit Florida, he is black, which at lily-white UT could help with recruiting, and he is squeaky clean, something the NCAA will love. Bottom line, I would be perfectly happy to have him but my guess is that he doesn't have enough HC experience to meet Hart's criteria, whatever they are. Go Vols!!!

MitchelCrass writes:

Terry bowden

pcorange writes:

in response to TKO:

Will be Petrino

Oh, dear Lord, please no!!! I don't want to be a Vanderbilt fan!!!

pcorange writes:

in response to movol53:

Any coach that is worth our attention will still be involved with his current team until at least the last week of Dec / or first week of Jan 2013. The exception would be Gruden who will wait until later in Jan 2013 to see if and which NFL team maybe interested in hiring him. So from where I sit it looks like we are going to"loss" one recruiting class. 18 year olds will not wait until the last minute; even for someone who won a Super Bowl when they were 4 o 5 years old. These young ones probably have no clue who Gruden is except that they see him on ESPN; as an announcer. And may think - - if Gruden is still a good coach then why his he not coaching somewhere?

If Gruden is recruiting them then he will be coaching somewhere. If I were him, and sitting in a major recruit's living room, I'd get the perfect angle on that Super Bowl ring so that the light reflected perfectly off it. Even if it is 10 years old, they will take notice. As good as Saban is, he can boast neither an above .500 record nor a Super Bowl victory. Not saying Gruden can outrecruit Bama, at least not in the first couple of years. But, if he is as good a coach as we hope he is, the wins will come, then the recruits will start pouring in. There is nothing fundamentally flawed about UT, we've just been on a down cycle and recruiting has followed suit. You have to win to get the top recruits to want to play for you.

eduardo writes:

5%...Right Jimmy Hyams??...Nice smoke screen!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

Gruden is the best make it happen. I live in bama and a bama booster called in local sports show. Bama fears him taking this job. It is like he said what 18 year old kid would not go play for gruden. He is a work-holic. He can get the best folks on his staff.

Absolutely, Saban runs the pro-set and Gruden knows what to do to shut it down NFL style. Also, once Gruden gets his name out there 4 star athletes will flock to him guaranteeing UT will have quality athletes to compete with..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

Gruden is the best make it happen. I live in bama and a bama booster called in local sports show. Bama fears him taking this job. It is like he said what 18 year old kid would not go play for gruden. He is a work-holic. He can get the best folks on his staff.

Absolutely, Saban runs the pro-set and Gruden knows what to do to shut it down NFL style. Also, once Gruden gets his name out there 4 star athletes will flock to him guaranteeing UT will have quality athletes to compete with..

pcorange writes:

You know, one thing that is kind of scary in all this is that the athletics department has known for at least a year now that Dooley was more than likely going to have to be let go this year. If they are just now deciding who they might go after, they are late. Now, I'm not saying they are late in actually making contact, but they should have a really strong idea who the first three choices are, and they need to make damn sure they get one of them. No more Dooley's, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE no Petrino.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to TKO:

Will be Petrino

I agree. He's a winner, he's available and we won't have to outbid Arkansas for him. He made a mistake at Arkansas, and paid a heavy price. Of course all the UT fans who have never made a mistake will oppose the hire. Too bad. Hart can keep Petrino under control.

Vols_fan_27 writes:

Allow me to play devils advocate here on the Gruden issue... Lets say he puts together back to back top recruiting classes, has us competing in the Top 5 in the country (like many of those calling for us to Hire him think we will be) and in 3 years is offered an NFL Job because of the work he has done in the past in the league and what he has done at UT since being hired... NFL will pay more than a University and there could be the possibility of us looking for another coach in 4-5 years beacuse afterall, Gruden's heart is in the NFL... just saying... I think there are better options out there...GBO!

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to volbob:

Love the dude who said he's gonna subscribe to the cricket channel. Speculation is hysterical, too. Golden? Why?? Bobby P would be a better choice. What about Art Briles? He turned around a dormant Baylor program. Any new coach will bring in new staff. The last thing UT needs is another Clawsen/Sunseri, regardless of who the head coach is. My sister could have done a better job than Sunseri. If Dooley had just fired him mid-season the university probably wouldn't be looking at a buy-out disaster. Of course, if Phil had simply fired Clawsen mid-year we probably wouldn't be having this discussion. GBO

STUPID! You can't rail on Sunseri and say your sister could do better right after you suggest hiring a guy whose defense actually ranks lower than Sunseri's. Baylor is 119 out of 120 in total defense.

nocleats writes:

What do they mean Gruden would listen? I thought this has already occured.

born2ride writes:

We need to get over this obsession with Chucky and focus on hiring a successful college coach who can win like Gary Patterson and Bob Stoops.

Its_Goooood writes:

in response to Vols_fan_27:

Allow me to play devils advocate here on the Gruden issue... Lets say he puts together back to back top recruiting classes, has us competing in the Top 5 in the country (like many of those calling for us to Hire him think we will be) and in 3 years is offered an NFL Job because of the work he has done in the past in the league and what he has done at UT since being hired... NFL will pay more than a University and there could be the possibility of us looking for another coach in 4-5 years beacuse afterall, Gruden's heart is in the NFL... just saying... I think there are better options out there...GBO!

And your point is ? If he gets us to the top and leaves, we go after another top coach, if he doesn't we search anyway. And then again he may fall in love with UT. If he wins he will be treated like a king

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to nocleats:

What do they mean Gruden would listen? I thought this has already occured.

You'll see after Saturday's game..JG is a VOL!

Its_Goooood writes:

in response to born2ride:

We need to get over this obsession with Chucky and focus on hiring a successful college coach who can win like Gary Patterson and Bob Stoops.

Stoops turned down gators, and he always chokes a couple of big games a year in the Big 12 ,imagine the SEC, Patterson also overated. heard a lot of thugs were there also , thats the last thing we need

BufordTJustice writes:

In Response To asleep#212036

It doesn't matter whom you beat, it only matters you beat your peer group, something Golden and Strong did and are doing, something Dooley (and soon to be fired Chizik) did not do at any level. Saying a MAC coach shouldn't be hired because all he did was beat MAC teams is silly. That would be like saying Saban can't coach because his Alabama teams would lose in the NFL.... so what? Strong, Golden, Fedora, Jones - they've all shown an ability to take a certain level of players and beat their peers who have the same level of players. Give them better players and they will beat better teams. Kind of like Meyer (Bowling Green/Utah), Tressel (Youngstown State), Spurrier (Duke), and Saban (Toledo) - 'nuff said. I'm not saying we should hire Golden, Strong, or any of these guys but they can all coach. And any coach we get will be a "hopper" - if they aren't, they won't leave where they are....And Strong is 52 years old, 50 when he got his first HC job - not really that young. Yes, he did vaguely attribute the lag to race but that was as much the liberal media putting it out there as a theory as his claiming it. He's winning at Louisville, he was a stellar defensive coach at South Florida and Florida (a 3-time Broyles award finalist), he can recruit Florida, he is black, which at lily-white UT could help with recruiting, and he is squeaky clean, something the NCAA will love. Bottom line, I would be perfectly happy to have him but my guess is that he doesn't have enough HC experience to meet Hart's criteria, whatever they are. Go Vols!!!

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You're wrong on all counts. Never mind the fact that Golden has a losing record for his career, your peer group theory is bunk. If we were to go by your example of Nick Saban vs the NFL, then the simple solution to guaranteed championships for cheap would be to hire the win ingest coach of the smallest high-school classification in Idaho, bump his pay up to 38k per year and count the crystal football trophies as they come in. Also, Charlie Strong didn't "vaguely" attribute his lack of offers to race, he flat out said it was the reason. Your Urban Meyer from Utah to Fla is also way off base. Meyer won big and immediately at Utah. In his 2 years he beat 8 BCS auto-qualifier conference teams, including a Fiesta Bowl victory and #4 national ranking in his second year. NOT COMPARABLE to Al Golden making it to the MaryKay Toenail Clipper Bowl and losing to a sorry UCLA team. I'm thankful you're not in charge of the hire or I would more than likely end up taking the toaster into the hot tub pretty soon.

TNEngineer_nBama writes:

2 Things to Consider: 1) How will the HC recruit; and 2) What kind of staff will he be able to assemble and retain? I beleive Gruden would excel at both of these, which incidentally were/are strengths of Kiffin's. Conversely these were DD's weaknesses. Keep in mind that an excellent position coach as HC cannot do the job alone, hence the need for excellence on-staff. Think of both points while considering your Christmas wishes. BTW- I for one am sick of hearing Adams's man crush on Art Briles. His total body of work is just not that impressive.

Vols_fan_27 writes:

in response to Its_Goooood:

And your point is ? If he gets us to the top and leaves, we go after another top coach, if he doesn't we search anyway. And then again he may fall in love with UT. If he wins he will be treated like a king

My point is, people crying for Gruden to be hired are looking for a short term solution... all I am saying is, and it's just my opnion, if Gruden is announced as our new coach for 2013, I would be willing to bet he will not be here by 2018 and that will be 5 different coaches in 10 years...you say, well we will just go after another top coach... great... but averaging a new coach every couple of years is not good for recruiting, I don't care who you are...just sayin'...GBO!

1BADVOL writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Absolutely, Saban runs the pro-set and Gruden knows what to do to shut it down NFL style. Also, once Gruden gets his name out there 4 star athletes will flock to him guaranteeing UT will have quality athletes to compete with..

Bivolar - Vol in Orlando - agree with you most of the time but let's analyze this just for a second. I was a season ticket holder for the Bucs in 2004-2007 - there was a lot of hype after Gruden won the Super Bowl in 2002 and everyone went nuts down here. He did come in here and added a few sparks to Tony Dungy's offense to win that year but let's remember how they won....defense - and the million dollar question is... who was the d-coordinator that anchored the fierce Tampa 2 for close to 15 years - you got - none other than Lane Kiffin's daddy. When word spread that the old man might join his son at first Oakland then at the college ranks the Bucs started to deteriorate and eventually Gruden was fired. Not because of only the defense maybe getting dismantled but Gruden had a 500 record, one playoff wild card game after the superbowl victory and it was a loss to the Redskins, but also there were bad decisions made at the quarterback position - which he is the master of. This is who Gruden signed after Brad Johnson (try not to laugh). Griese - 2004, Simms 2005 - Gradkowski - 2006, Garcia - 2007 - this is what ultimately brought him down and got him fired and I doubt if the old man will be coming back to join him anytime soon. I like Jon Gruden. I have met Jon Gruden. I am just not sure he would be a good fit at Tennessee, but if hired I will embrace him!! Food for thought!! Go VOLS!!

Vols_fan_27 writes:

in response to 1BADVOL:

Bivolar - Vol in Orlando - agree with you most of the time but let's analyze this just for a second. I was a season ticket holder for the Bucs in 2004-2007 - there was a lot of hype after Gruden won the Super Bowl in 2002 and everyone went nuts down here. He did come in here and added a few sparks to Tony Dungy's offense to win that year but let's remember how they won....defense - and the million dollar question is... who was the d-coordinator that anchored the fierce Tampa 2 for close to 15 years - you got - none other than Lane Kiffin's daddy. When word spread that the old man might join his son at first Oakland then at the college ranks the Bucs started to deteriorate and eventually Gruden was fired. Not because of only the defense maybe getting dismantled but Gruden had a 500 record, one playoff wild card game after the superbowl victory and it was a loss to the Redskins, but also there were bad decisions made at the quarterback position - which he is the master of. This is who Gruden signed after Brad Johnson (try not to laugh). Griese - 2004, Simms 2005 - Gradkowski - 2006, Garcia - 2007 - this is what ultimately brought him down and got him fired and I doubt if the old man will be coming back to join him anytime soon. I like Jon Gruden. I have met Jon Gruden. I am just not sure he would be a good fit at Tennessee, but if hired I will embrace him!! Food for thought!! Go VOLS!!

Great post... I agree with you that I am not sure he is the right fit at UT...and like you if he is hired I will embrace it, but I think that too many people are looking at the Gruden that they see on Monday Night Football and not what the past has shown...GBO!

redskinvol1 writes:

GET CHUCKY!!

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to TKO:

Will be Petrino

No. Let it go. Definitely won't be.

OwensboroVol writes:

All successful Coaches have Type A personalities. There is a reason they indulge in the Stomach Acid production which is Coaching Football. To put is simply they have it in their blood. That being the case I doubt if Jon Gruden, or any other coach, would give two hoots in hell whether ESPN was miffed about him returning to coaching. If they see a job that they want and every thing else is ok (money, family, etc.)they are going to go for it. Gruden is a hired gun at ESPN. One missed word on national TV and they would fire him tomorrow. Why should he have more loyalty to them than they have for him. Gruden would have a chance to become a King (I will not use the word God except for the actually God)at UT. If he turned the Vols around he would be held up with Neyland, Etc. I think that alone would make the job appealing to him.

Loud_Proud writes:

Ladies and Gentleman, on November 30th, it will be announced that Jon Gruden will be our next head coach. I have been in contact with a booster, and he told me that he has already signed a contract. 10 year, 50 million dollar deal. This booster also informed me of the Dooley firing, saying it would be done immediately after the Vandy game. He even went as far to say that he was already gone after South Carolina. Remember my name. I'm confident it's a done deal.

willblitz4bacon writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

Right on!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 1BADVOL:

Bivolar - Vol in Orlando - agree with you most of the time but let's analyze this just for a second. I was a season ticket holder for the Bucs in 2004-2007 - there was a lot of hype after Gruden won the Super Bowl in 2002 and everyone went nuts down here. He did come in here and added a few sparks to Tony Dungy's offense to win that year but let's remember how they won....defense - and the million dollar question is... who was the d-coordinator that anchored the fierce Tampa 2 for close to 15 years - you got - none other than Lane Kiffin's daddy. When word spread that the old man might join his son at first Oakland then at the college ranks the Bucs started to deteriorate and eventually Gruden was fired. Not because of only the defense maybe getting dismantled but Gruden had a 500 record, one playoff wild card game after the superbowl victory and it was a loss to the Redskins, but also there were bad decisions made at the quarterback position - which he is the master of. This is who Gruden signed after Brad Johnson (try not to laugh). Griese - 2004, Simms 2005 - Gradkowski - 2006, Garcia - 2007 - this is what ultimately brought him down and got him fired and I doubt if the old man will be coming back to join him anytime soon. I like Jon Gruden. I have met Jon Gruden. I am just not sure he would be a good fit at Tennessee, but if hired I will embrace him!! Food for thought!! Go VOLS!!

Valid points, but let's not forget the Tampa 2 had lost a lot of important pieces along the way. Also, UT doesn't have to play Bama every week. That's kind of what the NFL is like, playing good talent every Sunday. At any rate it appears JG is the man so embrace him we should..GBO!!

traderjoe writes:

We need to sign the best we can get as soon as possible. I'm in Atlanta and I'm tired of reading how UGA has just signed another 4 star recruit...they just signed a 6'5" wr juco player who reportedly is better in basketball...read, great hands. UGA has 29 signed. We need more than crumbs so let's make a move.

LouisianaVol4Life writes:

If Gruden wanted or wants to coach in the NFL, then im pretty sure he wouldve already come out and done it. Lord knows there are plenty of opps out there. So this BS of IF we get him , he would leave in a couple of years is ridiculous to me. If he comes in and rebuilds us to the glory we so deserve, he is going to want to sustain it, ergo Nick Saban. To clean this mess up is going to take work and perserverance. Gruden has plenty, and I do not think would bail after a couple of years. i think he would look at it as his accomplishment and would not want to give up all that he had done. In short....I beleive the boosters have already Inked him and will be unveiled after Saturday. Vol Nation will be relevant very soon. Patience fellow Vols....Patience

BankerVol writes:

in response to traderjoe:

We need to sign the best we can get as soon as possible. I'm in Atlanta and I'm tired of reading how UGA has just signed another 4 star recruit...they just signed a 6'5" wr juco player who reportedly is better in basketball...read, great hands. UGA has 29 signed. We need more than crumbs so let's make a move.

They haven't signed anyone Joe... Relax. Signing day isn't til February. A lot of good things will happen for the Vols by then.

orangecountyvols writes:

Eduardo and fellow Vols,

You noticed the Jimmy Hyams comment also.
I heard the show Wednesday and Jimmy said the Vols have only the 5% chance of getting Gruden. Hyams said it isn't going to happen.
Brent Hubbs wasn't quite as vocal however.

Whomever, there will be many in disagreement.
We can't hire 10 different head coaches !

However, Tennessee is at the proverbial crossroads............and really needs to go for the fences if possible. It's tough waiting for coaches to respond or even to make up their minds since their seasons are still ongoing.

Good luck Vols

stout40GOBIGORANGE writes:

in response to Loud_Proud:

Ladies and Gentleman, on November 30th, it will be announced that Jon Gruden will be our next head coach. I have been in contact with a booster, and he told me that he has already signed a contract. 10 year, 50 million dollar deal. This booster also informed me of the Dooley firing, saying it would be done immediately after the Vandy game. He even went as far to say that he was already gone after South Carolina. Remember my name. I'm confident it's a done deal.

I also have heard the same thing.Makes sence to announce that they have hired Gruden on November 30.That is SEC championship week and you know who will be the talk of the town on national tv and it won't be who is going to the national championship.It will be a Gruden. If this happens, Hart made a great decision to announce it on November 30. GO BIG ORANGE.

Snapshot writes:

in response to Vols_fan_27:

Allow me to play devils advocate here on the Gruden issue... Lets say he puts together back to back top recruiting classes, has us competing in the Top 5 in the country (like many of those calling for us to Hire him think we will be) and in 3 years is offered an NFL Job because of the work he has done in the past in the league and what he has done at UT since being hired... NFL will pay more than a University and there could be the possibility of us looking for another coach in 4-5 years beacuse afterall, Gruden's heart is in the NFL... just saying... I think there are better options out there...GBO!

If we could get 4 or 5 years as a top 5 team, at this point I wold say great! Then hire another good coach to keep it going.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to TKO:

Will be Petrino

You know this how?

FWBVol writes:

If Gruden is the guy and has agreed to be the next coach/signed a contract it makes sense to wait until at least after the Kentucky game to announce the hiring as to not take away from the final game for our seniors.

Nov. 30 is the day before the SEC championship game and would cause a huge national buzz, but why not go ahead and make the announcement on Nov. 27 or 28? There would still be plenty of talk about Gruden on championship weekend, but by announcing it Nov. 27 or 28 Gruden would have a chance to get a jump on recruiting.

I do believe if Gruden does take the job it will be announced sooner than later -- by the end of next week. By now he should know if he wants to in the NFL again or at the college level.

My first choice really is Jimbo Fisher at FSU. He might be as long of a shot as Gruden, and might not have the major WOW factor that Gruden has, but the guy can coach. As another story pointed out, Fisher might be getting tired of FSU not getting the respect it might deserve in the BCS rankings.

Gruden is a great coach, but he isn't the only great coach out there. It seems as if Tennessee and Dave Hart are willing to pay big bucks for a proven winner and the next few weeks will be interesting to see how things play out.

I am convinced though that the only thing as bad as waiting for the ax to fall on Derek Dooley is waiting to find out who the new coach will be.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to BufordTJustice:

I'm sick and tired of hearing Al Golden's name mentioned as a possible coach. He is a zero....had 2 decent years a Temple. Repeat, TEMPLE. In the M.A.C. won some close games against lowly M.A.C. and lower level teams. Any halfway decent non-conference opponents (very few...they scheduled mostly barber schools out of conference) absolutely jackhammered Al Golden's Fightin' HootOwls. He has done NOTHING, ZERO, NADA. Miami fans and national media were speechless when they hired him. We would be replacing Dooley with Dooley. Same for Charlie strong. He's a little above .500 in a pansy conference. Signature win is Cincinnati. As bad as we have been, we have dominated teams on the level of Louisville's toughest competition. Plus, he'sa race card playing cry-baby. While many many many assistant coaches go their entire career without getting a head coaching offer, Strong, while still at a young age, whined publicly a couple of years ago that he wasn't getting H.C. offers because he's black and married to a white woman. Never mind that he hopped around from college to college, lateral moves, etc., showing no loyalty to anyone. If we end up hiring one of these clowns, I'm signing up for the SouthWest European B-League cricket season pass on Dish Network for $1.58.

Ah, Temple is in the Big East not the MAC. Kinda ruins your little rant when you screw up that bad. Oh, I don't think Golden is the guy either.

GBO - Get it right this time!

tnvol34 writes:

WE HAVE A LOT OF HATERS! OUT THERE,SAYING THAT GRUDEN WOULD NOT COME TO TENNESSEE! HOW DO YOU KNOW? YOU ARE JUST HOPEING THAT HE DOES'NT, CAUSE YOU ARE A HATER! WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS! HE MAY, AND HE MAY NOT! ITS NOT FOR YOU TO DECIDE!

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Absolutely, Saban runs the pro-set and Gruden knows what to do to shut it down NFL style. Also, once Gruden gets his name out there 4 star athletes will flock to him guaranteeing UT will have quality athletes to compete with..

Bring him on. No one is afraid of Gruden getting the job.

RavenzRule writes:

Bottom line, the Vols must make a huge splash with this coach like Bama and Saban. Someone who can immediately recruit, not build a rep first, we no longer have time for that. We have enough talent on offense to win, good defensive assistants to improve the defense by getting better talent. Peyton Manning and Brown's owner Jimmy Haslam are huge boosters that know Gruden, he was a grad assistant and his wife is an alum, if he was interested in college this would be the place and it has been assured that money is not going to be an issue.

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