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Gruden says there ‘was nothing ever really serious about’ Canes job

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As it turns out, not only is the door officially closed on Jon Gruden becoming the next head coach of the Miami Hurricanes, the door was barely ajar in the first place.

Speaking on an ESPN conference call this afternoon, Gruden apologized for all of the speculation regarding his interest in the vacancy, and said that, while he did meet with athletic director Kirby Hocutt, they “never really got into the actual specifics of the job.”

“Well, I don’t want to get into it, really,” Gruden said when asked why he met with Hocutt. “This was just an exploratory meeting and there was nothing ever really serious about this. My brother went to University of Miami medical school. I’m a big fan, I want the Hurricanes to do well and if I can help them in any way find the right coach, I want to be able to do that. …

“I’d just like to say I’m committed to ESPN. There’s not a lot to add. I’m very thankful to have the job that I have and I’m eager to try to get better at it. And I know there was a lot of speculation over the last few days, and for that, I’m sorry. I’m just excited to be with Monday Night Football.”

With Gruden out of the mix, the next tier of rumored candidates includes Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh and Arizona’s Mike Stoops.

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4 Responses to “Gruden says there ‘was nothing ever really serious about’ Canes job”
  1. blitz4848 says: Dec 2, 2010 4:23 PM

    What Gruden really said was:
    How do you expect to get back to national prominence with antiquated facilities, a campus surrounded by a crime ridden neighborhood, your home stadium almost 20 miles away and a coaches salary that won’t get you a good coach with HC experience!!!! What are you smoking?

  2. mvp43 says: Dec 2, 2010 4:33 PM

    Chucky don’t play that game……..

    Listen, he’s a smart guy that wants to coach in the NFL again. He’ll occasional play the college card to raise the interest of potentional NFL suitors. He’s not a Buffalo, Jacksonville type guy, he’s big market all the way. In my opinion, he’ll play the same game and blow a few kisses to ESPN, and when LA is ready to name their their first GM/Coach…………guess who’s sitting there for the picking?

  3. atxcane says: Dec 2, 2010 4:37 PM

    Hahaha. I love to reading rants from people who turn out to be absolutely clueless.
    -10 year old facilities = “antiquated”
    -Coral Gables = “crime-ridden”
    -$3M salary = won’t get you a coach with HC experience.

    Hey, he did get *one* thing right with the stadium distance though. Heckuva job there blitz…

  4. smoothdaddyride says: Dec 2, 2010 4:55 PM

    “At least one former `Cane has now scored a touchdown every NFL week since Week 15 of the 2002 season – a span of 124 straight weeks”

    …I blame the rundown facilities located smack-dab in the middle of the gangsta-‘hood for this pathetic tradition of mediocrity. Seriously, Coral Gables? crime ridden??? must be all those millionaires in their mansions misbehaving again!

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