The Jon Gruden rumors have been going strong the last few weeks and especially so this week after Butch Jones was fired from his job at Tennessee. However, Football Scoop is reporting that the former Super Bowl-winning coach is not interested in going to the college ranks.
Jon Gruden has no interest in being the next head coach at Tennessee. This is not happening. No one is being contacted about potentially joining his staff. Move on Vol fans…
However, they are also reporting that a championship-caliber coach could be willing to listen to overtures from Tennessee.
More than one coach has mentioned to us that he has heard “Jimbo Fisher is willing to listen.” – This one makes no sense to us here at FootballScoop, but it is a datapoint in so far as how odd it is that it is even being whispered. Why Jimbo would want to leave the FSU lifestyle to recruit on a plane more often than not is a head scratcher, but we're sharing what we're hearing.
They may have a good point that it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. Not only does Fisher have zero ties to the school, but he is owed a humongous sum of money if he were to be bought out. He signed a deal in December that would take his buyout worth near $40 million. No matter how desperate Tennessee may be to sign a good coach, there is no way that number is acceptable to pay for a new coach. Especially considering that the school will still have to pay out Butch Jones just north of $8 million over the next several years.
Other notable candidates include Dan Mullen, David Cutcliffe and P.J. Fleck with other names likely to surface in the coming weeks once seasons start to end.