Nov 10, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; A general view of the Tennessee Volunteers logo on the field prior to the game against the Missouri Tigers at Neyland Stadium. Missouri defeated Tennessee 51-48 in quadruple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Jon Gruden, Tennessee Volunteers Rumors Were 'Just A Fantasy World'

As soon as the Tennessee Volunteers had announced that head coach Derek Dooley had been relieved of his duties, the coaching carousel rumors began to link former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden to the job opening.

While it was a fun few days discussing Gruden and his possible journey in to the Southeastern Conference, it appears that Gruden had never seriously considered leaving his cozy job in the Monday Night Football booth.

Gruden’s agent, Bob LaMonte, said that the speculation of his client joining the Vols was a “just a fantasy world.”

“He just said there had been a lot of rumors and he just wanted to clear the air,” LaMonte said. “I said, ‘Thank you for the call. I appreciate it.’ He said thank you and that was it.”

In fact, LaMonte stated that he never spoke with Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.

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

If Gruden is not looking to make a move to the college coaching ranks, then what can we expect the hot coaching candidate’s next move to be?

“Jon has made it clear he’s committed to ESPN,” LaMonte said.

For now, Gruden will remain with his ESPN job, but you would have to believe he will give a head coaching opportunity more consideration when the NFL comes calling.

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  • Sheila Ray

    that sucks….the media made it more than it ever was…..and got all of our hopes up…..:(

    • Megan Leigh Russell Dame

      Yep. We have just been in a coaching tailspin for way too long. I hope that they are taking their time and really weighing the candidates carefully. I felt the hiring of Dooley came way too fast. Like, Hamilton said, “Oh, you want the job? You got it!” I won’t even comment on that canker sore that now coaches a horribly overrated team on the other side of the country. Now that we are free from His Royal Stupiness Hamilton, MAYBE we can find a good coach that can be successful and not screw us with underhanded tricks and sneaky B.S just to cut and run.

      • Chris Carruth

        Nobody who was able to see past their emotional attachment to the school ever really thought Gruden would end up there. As for Dooley being too fast of a hire, wasn’t he the 5th or 6th person on the list? They drug their feet last time and wouldn’t come off with the cash needed to entice a good candidate to an ailing program and the top prospects took other jobs 1 by 1.