Jon Gruden named as Miami Hurricanes coaching candidate

Jon Gruden could be making a return to coaching — but not in the NFL.

In the 24 hours since the University of Miami fired head coach Randy Shannon, multiple stories have named Gruden as a strong candidate to take over the job.

According to the Sun Sentinel, Gruden initiated contact with the University of Miami to say he wants to be the school’s next coach, and the school told Gruden that the interest is mutual.

University of Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt says he wants to hire a coach who can make Miami “relevant” again, and Gruden, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Buccaneers and currently has a high profile as a Monday Night Football commentator, certainly qualifies. Hocutt also says money will not be an issue in the selection, that previous ties to the University of Miami aren’t a prerequisite for the job, and that head coaching experience is important.

Gruden hasn’t publicly expressed any desire to coach the Hurricanes, but it’s easy to see why a program that was once a national powerhouse would appeal to him. Miami has had some lean years and is just 7-5 in 2010, but the Hurricanes had five national championships and 14 seasons of double-digit victories from 1983 to 2003.

UPDATE: Peter King reports that Gruden will not coach the Hurricanes.

19 responses to “Jon Gruden named as Miami Hurricanes coaching candidate

  1. Why would anybody with serious prospects for coaching in the NFL coach college instead?

    Oh, right. Colleges don’t have lockouts…

  2. I think people are crazy not to wanna coach at a big time college program. Reload your talent every year, play a cakey schedule, and just be a politition. As Steve Spurrier which he prefers.

  3. Short term option for both. The only worthwhile jobs in the NFL next year, if there is one, are going to be Dallas and Minnesota and they’re more than likely retaining their interim coaches. Carolina, Buffalo and San Fran are messes. Mangini has earned another year in Cleveland. And, as pointed out above, there’s a strong possibility of a lockout. Come to Miami for 2, 3 years, go to a BCS game or two and then you’ll have your pick of where to go.

    Dem Gator fans are shivering right now.

  4. Could be a great fix for a program that needs to attract talented high school players . Also Gruden would be the guy to restore the swagger that the “U” has been famous for. Oh , and how about getting Warren Sapp to coach the defence? That should make them interesting if not relevent.

  5. Jon Gruden is needed in Oakland. I will take back every dirty thing I ever said about Chucky for him to return to the RAIDERS. The curse of Gruden needs to die.

  6. I could see Gruden fitting well in the college coaching scene. Energetic, positivity all the time, and a good teacher. That could turn out to be a good match.

    Maybe those segments he did for ESPN with the soon-to-be drafted quarterbacks struck something in him?

  7. This just in – MNF will try to replace John Gruden with Matt Millen, to team up with Jaws, provided a straw poll of four viewers is favorable. Millan was last seen groveling on the front lawn of ESPN’s president of football operations. Stay tuned, film at 11.

  8. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Nov 28, 2010 8:48 PM
    Why would anybody with serious prospects for coaching in the NFL coach college instead?

    Oh, right. Colleges don’t have lockouts…


    It could also be the fact that a college coach has a lot more control over their roster than an NFL head coach.

  9. If true this would be a great hire. I believe this would make the “U” a force for years to come. The only thing is Chucky doesn’t strike me as a person who would be keen on the recruiting aspect.

  10. 0% chance this happens. Gruden isn’t gonna spend years rebuilding a sh*tty Miami team when he can choose his next job in the NFL.

  11. I think this would be great for both sides. It would be great to see the U competitive nationally again, and Gruden is a great person to watch coach. You know he appreciates the kids in college more – it’s less about the money.

    Come on Gruden, do it. You know you want to!

  12. “touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 28, 2010 8:48 PM

    Why would anybody with serious prospects for coaching in the NFL coach college instead?”


    Same money, complete control over all recruiting & roster, better job security, the kids play more for the love of the game, not for money, shorter season, better gameday experience, do we need to go on? 😀

    Point is, many coaches probably would prefer college to pro game if we’re talking similar $$

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