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.
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.
"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.