With the Texas Longhorns currently searching for a new coach, we all know that they will be trying to get the big name hire. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they have already seen a number of potential candidates either say that they are not interested or that they are re-signing with Alabama, so they may have to get creative.
One way to do that would be to look to the partner of the Longhorn Network and try to pluck Super Bowl winning head coach Jon Gruden from the ESPN broadcast booth.
In the past, Gruden has said that he does not plan on leaving Monday Night Football for a NFL coaching job, but apparently “Gruden is open to hearing from the Texas athletic department about its football head coaching vacancy.”
This could be an interesting fit.
“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,” a source told OrangeBloods.com. “When Texas calls, you gotta listen.
“At some point, well, the bottom line is – there are only a few places where everything just fits.”
Gruden has not coached since his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, but you often hear that he is getting the itch to come back.
By joining Texas, Gruden could still have some ties to ESPN while getting to enjoy a return to coaching. It also wouldn’t hurt recruiting when young players are being asked to play for a program by a coach who has had success at the next level.