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Agent says Gruden-to-Vols rumors were ‘just a fantasy world’

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Hopefully, this will be the last time we write about Jon Gruden in connection to a college job this season.  Or ever, quite frankly.

As you have no doubt heard by now, multiple media outlets reported Friday morning that Jon Gruden was no longer interested in pursuing the Tennessee job.  While one paper in the state claimed late last night that a very lucrative offer was on the table for the ESPN NFL analyst, subsequent reports stated that no offer had been made, formal or otherwise.

All the while, Bob LaMonte, agent-to-the-coaching-stars whose client list includes Gruden, had remained silent as the speculation grew to a near-fever pitch in and around Knoxville the past few weeks.  That silence evaporated in an illuminating conversation with the Knoxville News Sentinel‘s Evan Woodbery.

In that talk, LaMonte labeled the speculation surrounding his client when it came to the Vols opening as “just a fantasy world.”  LaMonte also claimed that this morning was the first time he had spoken to UT athletic director Dave Hart… ever.

“He just said there had been a lot of rumors and he just wanted to clear the air,” LaMonte said in relating his conversation with the man charged with finding a replacement for Derek Dooley. “I said, ‘Thank you for the call. I appreciate it.’ He said thank you and that was it. …

“I don’t know Dave Hart. I’d never met him or talked to him.”

Before anyone mentions boosters or others loosely connected to UT, LaMonte added that this morning “was the only time I talked to anyone from Tennessee.”  You can determine the size of the grain salt with which to take that claim.

As for Gruden’s future? “Jon has made it clear he’s committed to ESPN,” the agent said.

Until the NFL version of the coaching carousel begins to spin, of course.

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7 Responses to “Agent says Gruden-to-Vols rumors were ‘just a fantasy world’”
  1. pricecube says: Nov 30, 2012 5:32 PM

    “He just said there had been a lot of rumors and he just wanted to clear the air,” LaMonte said in relating his conversation with the man charged with finding a replacement for Derek Dooley. “I said, ‘Thank you for the call. I appreciate it.’ He said thank you and that was it. …

    That sounds like Hart never actually made an offer.

  2. raysfan1 says: Nov 30, 2012 6:07 PM

    “Anyone from Tennessee” also does not exclude the possibility of having spoken to boosters as intermediaries.

  3. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 30, 2012 6:42 PM

    Plausible deniability.

    This deal was taken out of Dave Hart’s hands weeks ago. Its probably true that the University hasn’t made any offer, but there IS an offer on the table, and this thing isn’t dead until Gruden says its dead, and he has been yet spoken.

    This is all pretty funny actually. The fact that Dave Hart has been sitting on his ass in Knoxville since Dooley was canned tells me something is up.

  4. vols84 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:41 PM

    There’s a lot more to this pursuit than what LaMonte is putting out there.

  5. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Nov 30, 2012 11:14 PM

    everyone in the world except for moron vol fans and writers knew gruden didn’t want the job, would never take it no matter how much money was offered and would never waste his time even thinking about a second rate college!!!!

    vols writers tried to create media interest in the open hc job but thank god gruden finally shut them up that he never even thought about taking that horrid job. the nfl is what he loves and where he belongs and but if a first rate college like nd, usc, Alabama etc would offer him a hc job he would def entertain the offer but the only college team he said he would ever coach is Notre Dame!!!

    silly idiot vol fans

  6. denverdude7 says: Dec 1, 2012 10:52 AM

    Gruden will be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns by the end of February if not sooner.

    The Browns, believe it or not, are in a position to attract a head coach the caliber of Jon Gruden.

    A tough, young defense. A stud running back and a virtually guaranteed high draft choice would be a very attractive package that would fit Gruden’s style perfectly.

  7. lilrock9 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:13 AM

    Mullen and Golden would be great hires but why would Jumbo Fisher leave FSU for the Vols. FSU Is a better job, they have top 5 recruiting classes & they put out more nfl talent. Being a SEC school just isn’t enough. Besides the conference what does the school have to offer to get guys like Jimbo Fisher to leave big time programs like FSU.

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