Jon Gruden

Report: Gruden to be next ‘Canes HC ‘barring last-minute glitch’


What, you thought this story was going to go away?

Sunday night,‘s Peter King stated very emphatically on Twitter that “Jon Gruden is not going to the University of Miami.  Period.”  Gruden himself released a statement shortly after the tweet that was, basically, a non-denial denial of interest in the job.

Apparently, though, the past 48 hours have brought about a dramatic and potentially program-changing shift to the situation.

According to a report on the website, and we’re quoting here, “final details are being hammered out and, barring a last minute [sic] glitch, Jon Gruden will be the next Miami Hurricanes football coach.”  The site goes on to write that “[d]etails are being finalized tonight and if athletic director Kirby Hocutt and Gruden can work out all details then an announcement could be made as soon as Wednesday.”

The site also reported that Gruden’s brother Jay is expected to become the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel‘s Steve Gorten is also reporting much of the same information, tweeting that, according to two sources close to the situation, Hocutt and Gruden are meeting Wednesday to finalize the details of a contract.  In a separate report, a university source told Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post that the pursuit of Gruden “is not yet over.”

Attempts to reach both ESPN officials and Gruden’s agent for comment have been unsuccessful thus far.

Obviously, this latest report should be taken with a grain of salt the size of a life-sized Chucky doll as this would be at least the fourth time since Randy Shannon was fired Saturday night that a Gruden hiring was imminent.  Still, there’s enough smoke with this situation — and no outright denials from anyone directly involved — that there’s a fire of truth burning somewhere in the haze of speculation.

UPDATED 9:44 p.m. ET: ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer sent the following response to PFT‘s Mike Florio regarding the latest round of reports.

“I have seen the reports. Will let you know if we have anything on this but right now we don’t have further comment beyond what we issued the other day.”

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah