KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CBSMiami) – Despite some wild reports earlier this week, it appears that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden will not be taking over the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.

According to Mike Freeman of, a source close to the situation said Gruden told the Volunteers he would not take the head coaching job.

Message boards, alumni, and fans had been abuzz since the season ended about the possibility of Gruden taking over at UT. However, unless UT is ready to blow Gruden away with tens of millions of dollars, it appears he’s off their list.

Gruden, according to, want another NFL job if he is to leave the commentating position for Monday Night Football. He’s reportedly put together a skeleton staff in preparation for a return to the sideline in the NFL.

Gruden and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl more than a decade ago. Incidentally, his former defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, is now looking for an NFL job after resigning at USC Thursday.

As for the Volunteers, they still have millions to toss at another coach. The list at UT could include current coaches like UM’s Al Golden and TCU’s Gary Patterson along with Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.


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