For as long as rumors about Tennessee hiring Jon Gruden have existed, they always have come with the caveat that Gruden isn’t likely to be very interested in the job.
What’s rarely considered, however, is that the Tennessee athletic department may not be all that interested in him. According to Chris Landry of Landry Football, that may well be the case.
According to Landry, while there is no concrete information about possible discussions between the school and Gruden, there is a view that “administrators don’t appear all that interested in Gruden as they are busy vetting other candidates.”
Who those other candidates are is an open question. But whoever they are, they’re unlikely to satisfy a very vocal portion of the Volunteers fan base, just by virtue of, well, not being Jon Gruden.