Jon Gruden wants Tennessee fans and everyone else to know that he can’t control the “Grumors” beast.
On Friday, the former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst participated in leading military personnel in football drills at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. During his time there, the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud caught up with Gruden and recorded comments from the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach about all the rumors that involved the Super Bowl-winning coach in recent weeks.
Some Tennessee fans wanted Gruden to replace Butch Jones in Knoxville, before it became obvious that Gruden had no desire to take the job. Eventually, Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt for the position.
Here’s more from Stroud’s story:
While not ever ruling out a return to the sideline, Gruden has never said he is ready to coach again.
“Well, you know, I don’t have anything to say about it, really,” Gruden said the speculation. “I’ve got a job I’m trying to hang on to. But there’s a lot of games left in the NFL. You know, I love football, I love what I’m doing and I can’t control all the reports, I really can’t.”
Certainly, Gruden can’t control reports that come out about him. Still, he doesn’t go out of his way to squash them. It’s fair to assume he likes the attention that comes with the Grumors, and the speculation about his future keeps him relevant in the coaching discussion, despite him not being on a sideline since the Bucs fired him in 2009.
Here’s guessing Tennessee fans hope Pruitt enjoys a long, successful career in Knoxville and that Grumors don’t become part of the discussion again for the Vols anytime soon.
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