Gainesville Sun staff writer Edward Aschoff just tweeted that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden was seen at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Thursday talking to Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and outgoing coach Urban Meyer during an Outback Bowl function that included Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
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Gruden, who is working as the “Monday Night Football” analyst for ESPN, has been listed by many as a possible candidate for the UF job.
He met with University of Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt in Tampa last week to discuss the Hurricanes’ head coach opening.
A UM Board of Trustee member told The Miami Herald that “Gruden was cordial, he listened to everything UM had to say but no offer was made. He said he didn’t want to go further because he is keeping all his options open, including the NFL.
“He didn’t say yes. He didn’t say no. But in effect, it’s probably a no because it will take months before the NFL jobs come open and UM can’t wait that long.”
Soon after, ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said: “My feeling is Jon is in Year 2 of a long-term contract, and we expect Jon to be on ‘Monday Night Football’ doing what he’s been doing for a long time to come.”
Gator fans, how do you feel about Jon Gruden? Would you like him in orange and blue? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.