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

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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.”

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9 Responses to “Report: Gruden to be next ‘Canes HC ‘barring last-minute glitch’”
  1. grudentotheu says: Nov 30, 2010 9:00 PM


  2. edgy says: Nov 30, 2010 9:06 PM

    That should be interesting because Jay is a hoot. I’ve always loved the way that he called plays in Arena so it could be fun to watch. Might even give them a big recruiting advantage as both Grudens are well known in Florida.

  3. rick1922 says: Nov 30, 2010 9:07 PM

    Gruden will be Canes HC by Wed. afternoon.

  4. davethedoubter says: Nov 30, 2010 11:17 PM

    Gruden needs to just stay at home, he is a total loser. He will screw up that school the same as he did the pro team he tried to coach.

  5. ihateannouncers says: Dec 1, 2010 12:51 AM

    Jon….please don’t go!!!! If you leave MNF ESPN will replace you with Matt Millen and I will have to shoot myself!!

  6. rogperu says: Dec 1, 2010 1:35 AM

    i want gruden speed dialing all of UFs commitments.
    not cause we will need them, just to make a point.
    this is the state of MIAMI!

  7. florida727 says: Dec 1, 2010 7:57 AM

    davethedoubter says:
    Nov 30, 2010 11:17 PM
    Gruden needs to just stay at home, he is a total loser. He will screw up that school the same as he did the pro team he tried to coach.


    davethedoubter, I’m assuming you’re referring to the pro team he won a Super Bowl with, right? Is that the team you’re saying he screwed up?

    Be careful, your stupidity is showing.

    Like “edgy” says, the Grudens are very well known, and respected, in the state. He’ll have a huge recruiting edge over UF and FSU because of his name and his pipeline to the NFL. If you don’t think that works to his advantage, then you know nothing about football, and even less about recruiting. John Gruden walks in to YOUR living room to recruit YOUR kid to play football at a school with that kind of history behind them, you think he’s got a chance of landing them? Yeah, me too.

  8. blitz4848 says: Dec 1, 2010 10:10 AM

    The Miami Herald is reporting there is a meeting this morning in Tampa between AD & Gruden.

    The Canes school Pres has also put a high priority on getting 2011 ticket pkgs ready for sale as soon as (if) Gruden takes the job. Reportedly a lot of former Canes/current NFL players are lobbying Gruden as well.

    What this will do for the Cane recruiting is lockup the fertile South Fl area which totally slipped away under Shannon. Also Gruden will have a huge foothold in the Tampa area which has been a gold mine for the SEC—UF, Bama, Auburn as well as FSU. Tampa and the South west coast is almost as talent rich as South FL and would give the Canes access to all the talent they will need.
    Gruden also has a great rep as a QBs coach and he will attract some big time QB prospects.

    According to key Miami board of directors 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.

    They have already ruled out Mike Leach, Jim Leavitt(former USF coach) and Butch Davis NC coach and former Cane coach. The Board wants no coach with baggage and are looking for a coach with a clean slate, their words.

  9. kupski says: Dec 1, 2010 10:39 AM

    JOHN GRUDEN is a players NIGHT MARE !

    He RUINED the Tampabay Bucs!

    He RUINED the Raiders!

    He is a player rep TRAIN WRECK

    Does the Administration at Miami University realize this guy wants COMPLETE control of the the University if given a job there?

    This guy is going to be able to keep his cool with college students ? Seriously?

    You might want to talk with Derrick Brooks, Warren Sap and some other vets before you say ok.

    PR NIGHTMARE !!!!!

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