University of Miami to talk to Jon Gruden Today about Coaching Spot

Could Jon Gruden be out of the both in 2011 and on the sidelines at The University of Miami? The Hurricanes seem to think so, as UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt traveled to Tampa to meet with Gruden, a meeting expected to take place today.

The Miami Herald reports that Hocutt went there to see just how interested Gruden is, and if he can be talked out of the Monday night booth with ESPN and back on the sidelines.

Gruden said at first he was not interested in the UM job, but the report today says that Gruden has begun to show some interest and suggested to Hocutt he is considering the job.

The meeting today could go a long way in seeing just how interested – or not – Gruden may be in the position. Two members of UM’s Board of Trustees said Gruden is UM’s top choice and are hopeful he will be receptive.

Gruden could use the interest to drive up interest in possibly getting an NFL coaching spot offered to him this offseason.

UM has put together a list of other candidates that it has interest in if Gruden says no. That list includes Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and Arizona’s Mike Stoops, plus at least two others names.

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One Response to “University of Miami to talk to Jon Gruden Today about Coaching Spot”

  1. Chris_Miller says:

    This is a fairly interesting situation, for quite a few of the principal players involved.
    Gruden would draw a lot of attention and potential recruits to The U based on his NFL experience, including the Super Bowl victory. But as you hinted, he could also be exploiting Miami’s interest as a tool gain a batter bargaining position for any potential head coaching offers for the 2011 NFL season.
    Jim Harbaugh from over at Stanford could also be a great fit for the organization. The Hurricanes can offer the exposure, history and support that a football program in Palo Alto lacks, and he is a proven leader and winner. However there are rumors that he also may be entertaining NFL offers for 2011, as well as being a candidate to replace Rich Rodriguez at his alma mater, Michigan, if they decide to axe Rich.
    I wish the Hurricanes the best, and that whomever eventually takes the position, is someone that can get the job done, not someone who is just filling the vacancy.