With multiple reports linking former Raiders and Bucs coach Jon Gruden to the University of Miami, Gruden’s current employer has nothing new to say.
On Sunday, when the rumors first surfaced, ESPN issued a statement from Gruden: “I am committed to Monday Night Football and to ESPN. I enjoy working with Mike, Jaws and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job.”
ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer told PFT via e-mail tonight that ESPN has nothing to add, for now.
“I have seen the reports,” Hofheimer said. “Will let you know if we have anything on this but right now we don’t have further comment beyond what we issued the other day.”
That sure doesn’t sound like a denial. And it would make Gruden’s out-of-character decision to rip Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson during Monday night’s game understandable. If Gruden is heading to the “U”, he need not worry about alienating a third-tier quarterback who’ll be long gone from the NFL by the time Gruden decides he’s had enough college football for one lifetime.