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Report: Jon Gruden would be interested in Texas job

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Here we go.  Again.

Long a favorite of the annual coaching carousel, Jon Gruden has seen his name attached to seemingly any and every opening at both the collegiate and professional levels since he stepped off the sidelines following the 2008 season.  While he’s not yet pulled the trigger on a return, one of the plum jobs at the FBS level appears to have piqued his interest.

Citing what it calls a “high-level source,” is reporting that “Gruden is open to hearing from the Texas athletic department about its football head coaching vacancy.”  The source told the website that the Longhorns job is one of the few positions at any level of football Gruden would consider.

There has been no contact between the former coach and the university, the report stated.

“It’s no secret that every major position that comes open stirs Gruden rumors. The reason why the talks never go anywhere is because there are definitely two, maybe three, situations he’s always said he would have to listen to,” the source told the site. “When Texas calls, you gotta listen.

“At some point, well, the bottom line is – there are only a few places where everything just fits.”

During the USC coaching search, to which his name was obviously attached. it was reported that Gruden is expected to either stay in the broadcast booth or return to coaching at the NFL level.

Gruden’s last coaching job came with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from which he was fired in January of 2009.  His last job at the collegiate level?  1991, serving as the wide receivers coach at Pittsburgh.

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41 Responses to “Report: Jon Gruden would be interested in Texas job”
  1. mydixienormus says: Dec 18, 2013 1:10 PM

    You are missing a “be” in your headline.

  2. woebegong says: Dec 18, 2013 1:13 PM

    I think he can coach, but whether or not he has the desire to get back into it is a whole different animal. Texas, I am sure would pay well, but you have to wonder if he really wants the pressure associated with the job and the university. Sometimes, the money just isn’t enough for some folks.

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 18, 2013 1:16 PM

    The Cowboys job should be open after they fire that hack Jason Garrett.

  4. kosarkid says: Dec 18, 2013 1:21 PM

    I normally don’t believe any rumor when it comes to this guy, but I believe this one based on the fact that he visited with Miami before they hired Golden. Seems like he wants to coach college ball.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 1:23 PM

    Tune in for the next segment of “The days of the Longhorns lives.”

    Gruden gets a raise.


  6. volfan2012 says: Dec 18, 2013 1:27 PM

    There should be a comma after “attached.”

  7. scotchman says: Dec 18, 2013 1:32 PM

    The new Texas AD has specifically said he wants someone with extensive experience as a college head coach. Sorry, Chucky.

  8. mydixienormus says: Dec 18, 2013 1:35 PM

    I’m glad John reads my comments.

    Keep up the good work bro!

  9. js20011041 says: Dec 18, 2013 1:43 PM

    I don’t particularly understand all the love for Gruden as a head coach. He last had success as a head coach anywhere, what, a decade ago? And that was in the NFL. If Texas is going to go after an NFL coach, the only one that makes sense is Harbaugh.

  10. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    This just in,

    Jon Gruden, Jim Mora, Les Miles, Gus Malzahn, Jimbo Fisher, Jim Tressel, David Shaw, Jim Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, Lovie Smith,Mark Dantonio,
    Chip Kelly, Hugh Freeze,and Haden Fox are all in Austin looking for houses.

    Orangebloods posted it.



  11. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    This just in.

    Vince Lombardi had no comment on the texas job.


  12. normtide says: Dec 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    Orangebloods, the national inquired of college blogs. After this, Belichek will be reported as the hire.

    Gruden win a SB, with Dungey’s defense. After that, he was average until he was fired. I don’t see him being a great college coach. I’m mean, he has the face gestures down pat, but can he recruit? Can he evaluate HS talent? The name would be a slam dunk, the skills I still question.

  13. BrownsTown says: Dec 18, 2013 2:16 PM

    There should be a comma between “work” and “bro.”

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 2:26 PM

    This just in.

    Woody Hayes expressed interest in the texas job.
    Orangebloods reported that the exclusive interview was some what muffled through the coffin lid, yet high placed sources stated that what was exactly said was “Hmmn maabbah amm whhatga amn jhanam
    kmalalm!” which the highly placed source said meant
    “I am interested in the texas job.” or “please, get me out of here, please!”

    Stay tuned, developing.


  15. Deb says: Dec 18, 2013 2:28 PM

    I think Gruden starts all these Gruden rumors. Just wants to keep his name out there … make sure he stays relevant. But you never know. Maybe at some point he’ll actually coach again.

  16. polegojim says: Dec 18, 2013 2:32 PM

    I recommend Jim Schwartz… please, please, please

    With Borges as OC and Linehan as QB Coach.

  17. classyjacklambert says: Dec 18, 2013 3:05 PM

    I was thinking the exact same thing Deb. Why would Texas even want him? He was an okay pro coach but not exceptional and he has no college HC experience.

  18. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:22 PM

    Orangebloods is right most of the time before anyone else. Ask Mack and Deloss

  19. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 3:30 PM


    Then that means Barnes and Garrido should be very nervous.

  20. tgaustin says: Dec 18, 2013 3:34 PM

    This just in, Alabama Fan has a love affair with Texas(7-1-1). Haters will always hate!
    As for Orangebloods, Chip Brown and Geoff Ketchum are always spot on…just ask Dan Patrick, Collin Cowherd and Jay Mohr.

  21. coolhorn46 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:48 PM

    In case anybody isn’t paying attention, you’re not hearing anything out of Bellmont Hall right now.

    Steve Patterson was hired as the new AD for a reason. He’s a pro, and he knows how to conduct a coaching search while keeping everything under wraps. Best guess…he really wasn’t involved in all the Saban talk. Another best guess…Las Vegas can lay odds, and every blog site out there can put out lists of potential coaches, but until Patterson sets a date and time to announce the new head football coach at UT, I seriously doubt any of the reporters, blog sites, or “insiders” will have any real idea who he’s hiring. Patterson’s not even discussing the guidelines he’s using in looking for a new head coach.

    One more best guess…Patterson’s probably in danger of getting a cauliflower ear from answering all the calls from all the coaches that want to make his short list for hiring.

  22. thefiesty1 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:51 PM

    What is this? Another Aggie joke?

  23. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 18, 2013 3:58 PM

    If they don’t win they should be. Complacency left with Dodds.

    Cool horn is right. People are guessing now and I don’t think anyone has a clue.

    Gruden is just upset that his name hasn’t been mentioned more emphatically.

  24. chinahand11 says: Dec 18, 2013 4:27 PM

    We should be so lucky he gets the Texas job. That would get his dad gum butt off of MNF.

  25. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 18, 2013 5:06 PM

    Jeff Fisher will be the next coach.

  26. polish1232 says: Dec 18, 2013 5:11 PM

    amosalanzostagg, you must be an aggie. Orange Bloods reporting hasn’t been wrong about one story in the past 2 years. I can’t wait to see what your beloved aggie team looks like without Manziel running all over the field. Fact is Gruden would have every single 5 star in Texas clamoring to play at Texas. Plus UT would finally have a person to develop a QB.

  27. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 5:18 PM


    Coolhorn is right. Patterson isn’t saying a word. He’s
    smart. That is why the blogs should be quiet until something actually develops with a viable candidate.

    The blogs, like Orangebloods, goes with rumor and innuendo from “unnamed, high placed sources”
    to manufacture a story. Remember the AD hire.
    They had Swarbrick from Notre Dame, Luck from West Virginia, and Jurich from Louisville all signed sealed and delivered, before Patterson emerged as their candidate.

    They had Saban buying homes in Austin.

    Texas is a destination job, no doubt, given their lackluster record with the immense resources they have, they will get a quality coach. Time will tell if he will have success.


  28. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 18, 2013 5:25 PM

    TG Austin,

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    One National Championship in 43 years sounds about right for Texas.

    I was real glad to see the proposition funding on increasing water reservoir development and water pipelines to ameliorate Central Texas water woes passed in November.

    Thank you for your personal note on the house that’s being built in the Woodlands. It was very thoughtful. When it’s finished, you know you’re welcome to stop by.


  29. ajarkoski says: Dec 18, 2013 8:18 PM

    Brings heart and energy to any job he takes. Hiring a pro coach in college has risks and payoffs, Weis at Notre Dame but Harbaugh at 49ers among others come to mind. He seems to excell at whatever he does, coaching, broadcasting, etc. Seems to have that DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS attitude. Would be a good fit!

  30. coolhorn46 says: Dec 18, 2013 8:36 PM

    What little bit Steve Patterson has said about guidelines for choosing a new UT head football coach does NOT sound like Gruden, for anybody keeping score out there.

    Patterson wants someone with extensive college coaching experience, an established head coach with a track record of success at building a program, and someone who can stop the recruiting bleeding UT is suffering, specifically at the hands of agricultural. Gruden doesn’t check any of those boxes.

    I have zero idea who ultimately gets the UT job, but I have a pretty good idea who’s not gonna get it.

  31. Michael Walker says: Dec 18, 2013 9:25 PM

    Isn’t it ironic that the schools with the 1st and 2nd highest athletic budgets are fighting to return to glory days.

    Texas and Notre Dame should theoretically be playing for the NC nearly every year. Their budgets nearly double the majority of schools and neither actually has to recruit.

    Both schools pretty much can simply notify which 5 star recruits are welcome and which ones aren’t. Notre dame on a mostly national basis and Texas with the state of Texas.

    The states of California, Florida and Texas produce a higher number of prospects due to population and warm weather. But each school can only take a maximum of 25 per year.

    That’s the biggest problem. With 100 5 star recruits to pick and choose from, no one can be sure which ones are going to thrive in college.

    Then again, the reality is, while Jameis Winston was a 5 star recruit, Johnnie Manziel and Marcus Mariota were 3 stars out of high school. As Homer Simpson would say, “Doh!”

  32. cranespy says: Dec 18, 2013 10:33 PM

    The Horns need a coach who is intelligent, innovative and inspirational. They need a coach who can recruit the state of Texas, a coach who can put points on the scoreboard….one who knows the Big 12 and has a proven record of success there…..forget Briles, Gundy, Malzahn, Graham, Fisher and yes even Gruden…..Texas needs The Pirate himself……Mike Leach.

  33. Michael Walker says: Dec 18, 2013 10:46 PM

    You have a point.

  34. pgilbert2013 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:31 PM

    Can you picture Chucy

  35. delashmit says: Dec 19, 2013 12:04 PM

    Gruden is not going to Texas as head coach. Gruden just likes to hear people talk about him for every job. It is also a way to get more money from ESPN. I wish ESPN would fire gruden. I hate him on MNF and his QB discussions are awful.

  36. patschuster7106 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:18 PM

    If he does go as a Cowboys fan I hope, pray and wish he will take Bill Callahan with him. Come on Chuckie you guys are best buddies!!!! Please take him.

  37. msennett says: Dec 20, 2013 8:46 AM

    Add Brady Hoke to the list of folks looking at houses in Austin. Of course, this could just be wishful thinking on my part.

  38. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 20, 2013 9:03 PM


    Nope, Proud Bama grad, Class of 1966. I welcome Texas A&M and Missouri as GREAT members of the SEC. They helped the SEC from day one, particularly with the SEC television contract. Adding A&M and Missouri not only gave us two GREAT academic universities, but access to lucrative TV markets in the upper Midwest and the state of Texas. It also opened Texas to ALL of the SEC to recruit the entire state of Texas in ALL sports, men and women, and develop GREAT relationships with
    Texas High School coaches.

    Texas football recruiting under Mack Brown since the National Championship was ranked.

    2013 -16th
    2012- 3rd
    2011- 5th
    2010- 2nd
    2009- 3rd
    2008- 10th
    2007- 3rd
    2006- 3rd

    That averages out to be in top 7 in football recruiting. Gruden could have the same
    results as Mack. It was never about recruiting at Texas. It is what you do with your recruits.

    After the National Championship game loss to Alabama,RTR, Mack tried to build an SEC type offense of running the ball like Alabama with an SEC type defense. Trouble was, Texas didn’t have the right recruits. Mack built the offense as a read option. Texas lost their identity. They didn’t know what they were going to do.
    Couple that with Dodds machinations in driving 4 quality programs out of the conference and the ascension of the LHN, it stretched Brown thin.

    Whoever Texas hires needs to focus on football exclusively and forget about being an intricate part of the LHN.

    You may not like Mack but he was a master politician and an above average coach.
    If he had fired Diaz last year, would that have resulted in two more wins and a possible BCS game? We’ll never know.


  39. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 22, 2013 3:58 PM


    So Orangebloods was right about Saban coming to Texas?

  40. Michael Walker says: Dec 22, 2013 4:23 PM

    If it’s not Gus Malzahn, Jeff Fisher or Charley Strong, the next coach at Texas will likely be one of the current head coaches in the Big 12 conference.

    Possibly Baylor’s Art Briles or Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy. Both are well qualified. Two of the search committee members are either billionaires or close to it. I imagine their votes will weigh heavily.

    You can bet it will not be the GREAT Nick Saban with the second highest coaching salary in the country, college or pro.

    It must be a quirk that Missouri and Texas A&M hit the top tier so quickly in the SEC. They were mediocre in the Big 12.

  41. suprmous says: Dec 24, 2013 1:48 AM

    Why would Gruden wanna leave the job he seems to love to go to Texas? He honestly seems to love what he’s doin at ESPN. He’s sittin back without a stressful hair on top of his head, his smile isn’t forced, he seems to be relaxed to the point he’s like a kid in a candy store, I mean geesh he’s totally opposite of the others. Everybody else’s on edge lookin like they’re readin from a script, forced to get along with Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman look like they’re made for one another but still look stressed at times, and God forbid just dump Boomer E. altogether. Tween Gruden and Deion Sanders I can’t see either one wantin to be any more active than what they already are.

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