Amid multiple reports regarding a potential Montague-and-Capulet arrangement between a guy whose dad worked at Notre Dame and its mortal enemies from Miami (at least when they used to play each other), we’re told that the “U” is indeed putting a “full-court press” on former Raiders and Bucs coach Jon Gruden.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the push is occurring at many levels, including recruiting efforts from former Hurricanes players.
That said, the thinking remains that, while he enjoys being courted, Gruden isn’t inclined to coach at the college level. Moreover, Gruden’s decision to listen to Miami could be the impetus for any NFL team that may be eyeballing Gruden for 2011 to begin some back-channel communications aimed at making him aware that he could be the next head coach of, say, the 49ers or the Browns or maybe even the Broncos, where he’d get to turn Tim Tebow into an NFL quarterback.
In other words, Gruden could indeed be using the “U” to effect his broader plan of getting back into the NFL.