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Agent says Gruden has made “clear” his commitment to ESPN

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Amid reports that former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden flirted with but ultimately rejected overtures from the University of Tennessee, Gruden’s agent says that none of it was or is true.

And the agent says that he previously hasn’t said anything because, well, none of it is true.

“I haven’t said anything [about the ongoing rumors] because there’s been nothing to say,” Bob LaMonte told GoVolsExtra.com.  “This, to me, is just a fantasy world. . . . Jon has made it clear he’s committed to ESPN.”

LaMonte explains that he spoke to Tennessee A.D. Dave Hart for the first time on Friday.

“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.”

Later in the article, however, LaMonte suggests that Hart wasn’t calling to simply squelch rumors, but to fuel them.

“He said, ‘I just wanted to do due diligence,’” LaMonte said.  “I said, ‘Thank you but Jon has made it clear he’s committed to ESPN.’  He thanked me and said goodbye.”

Here’s the thing.  Jon hasn’t made it clear he remains committed to ESPN.  On multiple occasions, he has made it clear he intends to coach again.  And with rampant rumors that this year will be the year he abandons the broadcast booth, Gruden has not declared generally and unequivocally that he’s not in play for coaching jobs.

Until he says that, it’s fair to assume that he is in play for coaching jobs.

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27 Responses to “Agent says Gruden has made “clear” his commitment to ESPN”
  1. raiderufan says: Nov 30, 2012 1:57 PM

    My word….

  2. supremekingz says: Nov 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    Wow. So it turns out that “anonymous sources” were wrong?

    Big surprise there

  3. liamj55 says: Nov 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    This is the same agent who also said Andy Reid can be coach for life in Phialdelphia….

  4. 1nationraidernation says: Nov 30, 2012 2:01 PM

    so in other words , sorry John, we are sticking with Dennis for at least another year.

  5. dawn9476 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:01 PM

    We will see if the stands a month from now when all those NFL coaching jobs open up.

  6. ccjcsr says: Nov 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    $$ always ends up being the deciding factor

  7. dawn9476 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:06 PM

    That should be that, not the.

  8. freedomispopular says: Nov 30, 2012 2:07 PM

    Just like Nick Saban is NOT going to be the head football coach at Alabama.

  9. chadobunga says: Nov 30, 2012 2:09 PM

    It’s clear to me that Jon is waiting for a specific coaching vacancy. Get ready for another year of learning about the Y Banana formation! YES!

  10. burnz1379 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:11 PM

    He needs to come whip the vikings into shape… If thats even possible :(

  11. S.Nevada says: Nov 30, 2012 2:18 PM

    For all I care he can go coach the Ball State mens volleyball team. For the sake of my sanity, get he and Tirico out of the booth!

  12. hendawg21 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    Oh please someone give him a coaching gig, i’m sick of him on Monday nights…between him and Berman I don’t think I can take much more…my mute button has stopped working…

  13. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:40 PM

    It makes perfect sense for Gruden’s agent to convey a message of commitment to ESPN…that’s where Jon is currently employed after all. Gruden and his agent want to make it seem like the former coach may just stay in the broadcast booth, all the while hoping that a team will come out and offer him the world to take the job. The leverage game continues…

  14. rowdymon says: Nov 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    That’s because Jimmy Haslam was calling on behalf of The Browns not the Vols. Where there is smoke there is fire…

  15. Cereal says: Nov 30, 2012 2:46 PM

    Great more Gruden & Tirico,,,ZZZ’s fest

  16. zenrooster says: Nov 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    He needs to stick just to prevent Kornholer from coming back. I will personally contribute to Gruden’s salary to prevent this from happening.

  17. naes says: Nov 30, 2012 2:55 PM

    I hope he takes another head coaching job soon, so he stops announcing. Gruden is brutal to listen to.

  18. lbcoach34 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    Next Head Football Coach of the Cleveland Browns

  19. joemammy says: Nov 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    Agents get paid to lie. That’s why most of them are lawyers.

  20. shackdelrio says: Nov 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    Will someone please hire this guy and get him off of Monday Night Football.

    Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford are probably spinning in their graves listening to this bozo.

  21. roadtrip3500 says: Nov 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    shackdelrio says: Nov 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    Will someone please hire this guy and get him off of Monday Night Football.

    Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford are probably spinning in their graves listening to this bozo.
    —————————-
    Gruden has ties to the Eagles, but he can’t say anything about the job because he’s friends with Andy Reid. Lurie will make that call in January.

    Mike Tirico can go too. Tirico used to be a solid PBP guy, but where Al Michaels raises the level of his analysts, Tirico seemingly lowers his skills to his analysts.

    BTW, Frank Gifford is very much alive.

  22. westclaims says: Nov 30, 2012 3:32 PM

    ESPN and Gruden must really bother you.

    (In my best Jon Lovitz voice) – jealous?

  23. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Nov 30, 2012 3:32 PM

    The Vikings could use a little scowl on the sidelines. C’mon Chuckie, you’ll have a nice new stadium in a couple years!

  24. goldrush4949 says: Nov 30, 2012 4:10 PM

    Why is this guy even a commodity? He won Super Bowl w/ Tony Dungy’s players and it was a long, slow decline after that. I think people are forgetting how bad Tampa Bay was his last 2-3 seasons there.

  25. vikesfansteve says: Nov 30, 2012 5:11 PM

    Sorry but they may have been Dungy’s players but they didn’t win squat for Dungy with decisions like having Shaun King play QB in the NFC Championship. Gruden added players like Keyshon and changed the offensive scheme and Tampa started winning games by 2 TDs instead of loosing 9-6. So Dungy won the SuperBowl for the Colts with Mora’s team? Enough of that Dungy’s player B.S.

  26. vipod4ever says: Nov 30, 2012 10:25 PM

    Who says you can’t come home Jon? There’s a kingdom in a complete mess, has been since you’ve been locked up in that snow globe called “tuck rule”. Come back to the dark side.

  27. seamhereseamthere says: Dec 5, 2012 1:22 AM

    While I have no idea where Gruden will-or will not-coach next year, I do know one thing. And that is that the very last person we will get a straight answer from is his agent.

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