Tennessee fired coach Butch Jones on Sunday after a long wait, so now the Volunteers are looking for a new coach to take his place.
For Vol Nation, there’s really only one option — former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden.
However, Gruden has given no indication of wanting to leave the broadcast booth, even as ESPN prepares for another round of layoffs. But, in good news for Tennessee fans, AL.com reports that Gruden once said Tennessee was one of only three college jobs he’d ever take:
Gruden previously told school administrators that Tennessee is one of only three college jobs he’d ever take, according to a source. He’s indicated real interest when Tennessee has reached out in the past but couldn’t walk away from the lucrative deal he has with ESPN. Gruden is reportedly making at least $6.5 million annually for a job that requires considerably less work than what it’d take to get Tennessee back on top.
Obviously, the Vols are giving it everything they’ve got as they try to land Gruden, who won a Super Bowl less than 20 years ago.
Still, they’re going to have their work cut out for them if they want to lure him out of the broadcast booth, away from the NFL and into Knoxville.