Tennessee fans aren’t happy with their current coaching situation, as the Volunteers sit at 3-3 and head into a game against Alabama. But the situation could be changed if the school was able to bring in a big name, such as Jon Gruden.
Volunteers fans have been circling Gruden for years, as some mentioned him as a candidate in 2012. #Grumors are a regular thing on the internet, but on Friday, Clay Travis laid out the case for how Tennessee could land its dream candidate.
Travis doesn’t think it is unrealistic for the Volunteers to land Gruden. Tennessee would just have to court him like Alabama did with Nick Saban or Michigan did with Jim Harbaugh. That means ponying up and paying him upwards of $8 million a year.
He hasn’t coached at the college level since 1991 and he last coached in the NFL in 2008. But he’s won a Super Bowl and he has name recognition across the country. And given that he was a graduate assistant at the school and his son also attends the school, there is a connection.
As for why Travis thinks he would do it: “The answer is pretty simple, I think — because he wants to coach again and he’s tired of doing Monday Night Football. Most people aren’t wired like successful coaches, they are looking for the easiest job that pays the most money. But if that had been the goal, none of these guys would have ever gotten into coaching.”
The Volunteers are coached by Butch Jones, but they do take on Alabama this weekend. A loss seems certain, which would send them to 3-4 on the year. Kickoff for the game is set for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.