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Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Posted on: November 28, 2010 6:39 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2010 7:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

From the sound of things, the Miami Hurricanes may not be without a head coach for very long.  After announcing that Randy Shannon had been fired following Saturday's loss to South Florida, there are rumors out of Miami that former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden is going to take over at Miami.

Now, it's important to point out here that neither Gruden nor Miami have said anything about this rumor.  It all started out as a solitary tweet on Sunday afternoon that quickly became an internet and Twitter wildfire.  Still, according to a report in the Sun-Sentinel, Gruden has reached out to Miami to talk about the job.

According to a UM source, former NFL coach Jon Gruden initiated contact with the university to express his desire for the job and that the interest in mutual. Hocutt said there's no timeline on the hire and that money will not be an issue in the selection.

Now, just because both sides are reportedly interested, that doesn't mean Gruden is going to be the next head coach at Miami.  Often times there's interest on behalf of both parties, but then once contract details begin getting hammered out, that interest can sometimes wane.

Still, the fact that this was reported in the Sun-Sentinel lends a lot more credibility to the rumor than a single tweet ever could.  There definitely appears to be some smoke here.

Whatever ends up happening, it's pretty obvious that 'Canes fans have already begun fantasizing about the possibilities.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:52 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:37 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

After the expressionless and dispassionate Randy Shannon, John Gruden would be a godsend. I, along with countless Canes fans, grew weary of Shannon's star recruits regressing instead of becoming All-Americans at the U. Seeing the likes of Jacory Harris, Travis Benjamin, Chase Ford, Aldarius Johnson, Allen Bailey, etc. flounder when they should have been excelling made me sick to my stomach every Saturday as I watched a once proud football program lanquish in mediocrity.

Sure, Coach Shannon kept his squad on the straight and narrow and he recruited well, but it ends there. Thre was no visible progression or development of the roster talent that was evident by all intelligent sources in giving Shannon's 2008 recruiting class a top 3 national ranking. If that was the case, we diehard Canes fans would have witnessed an ACC Championship by now and a BCS bowl win by now.

Unfortunately, the lack of adjustments on both sides of the ball; strategically and personnel wise, the coach failed miserably. The team seemed ill-prepared on game day. There was no adjustments at half time for offensive line blitz pick ups or running shorter routes to mitigate pass protection issues, and the defense inevitably gave up huge swaths of yardage on missed assigments numerous times.That falls on the coaches.

It also irked me tremendously that every time a UM player made a bad play or penalty, Coach Shannon would not even wince. For once, I would have loved to see him grab a player by the face-mask and tell him that making stupid plays over and over again will get him benched. Do you think Chucky won't? It was an embarassment against Florida State. I can't remember the last time I saw a Canes team quit playing against their bitter rival. And to lose to the likes of Virginia and USF? Don't let the door hit your backside on the way out coach.

John Gruden is exactly what the UM program needs. He exudes energy, and has an intricate knowlege on what it takes to make an offense and defence work. He preaches discipline to his players and expects nothing less than stellar play through preparation and game planning. His name, alone, will entice big time recruits to come south to Coral Gables. Note to the University of Miami administration: Get Gruden and fast!

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:28 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

My first comment is to say that firing Randy Shannon was stupid.  He did make that program better, just had a little bit of a disappointing year.  With the timing of his firing, and the emergence of the chucky talk, you may have to think Miami knew of his intrest in the program before hand.  I am sure many Miami alums are not happy with this.  I'm sure Gruden will make a good coach there, but this whole situation has some "hair" on it.  I hope Randy finds a good fit soon, he's a good coach.

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:25 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

If I was a Hurricane fan I am not sure I would want this, I love Gruden in the NFL, I was upset SF did not make him a HC a long time ago. But as a college coach I am not sure, there is a big difference in the NFL and CFB, its not easy to be successful at both, and History is not on his side.  Off the Top of my head the other 2 big time NFL coaches who coached west coast offense, Callahan and Walsh saw very little success in CFB.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:23 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

The Sun-Sentinel is like the sports tabloid of south Florida!!! They make up more rumors and crap then i've have ever seen by a news source. They said right after the Dolphins vs Titains game that both Penningon and Henne were done for the season, then they said Jake Long was done. All those clowns do is throw headlines out there so at the rare chance there right they can say "you heard it here first".

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:08 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Beyond his football knowledge it's his intensity and fire that Miami needs. I got so sick and tired of watching players commit stupid penalties and/or make retarded mistakes and subsequently watching Shannon stare off into space like he was observing somebody doing his taxes. Absolutely no emotion whatsoever. Can you imagine Gruden's response(s) to these same mistakes?! He'll be ready to kill someone!! Now I know they've won with rather mild-mannered coaches (Butch, Coker) in the past but I want to see a Gruden-type guy down in Coral Gables asap.

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 10:04 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

The former Dayton Flyer could make a hell of an impact in the ACC... could you imagine CHucky recruiting in your living room.. his fire and desire for the game.  His knowledge of the QB position could bring about a SPurrier-type impact in Florida.  Selling Miami is easy.. selling being tutored by an energetic, former SUper Bowl  head coach is another thing.

But i would miss him from Monday Night Football...  for college football sake, i would love to see Coach Gruden tear it up in SOuth Beach, so the FSU Miami game would mean somethign again.   Do you think Urban Meyer has begun his campaign to discredit him already??? 

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 9:32 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Great fit. Chucky to the U would be sick... 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:51 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

Dungy wouldn't have won that SB with the team he built.
The Bucs won because they had enough of the mild mannered Dungy, Gruden came in and kicked'em in the ass, got'em fired up oh and let's also not forget that he knew the Raiders inside/out too.
Teams may sign a player for a week or 2 to help with an opponent but Dungy was the ULTIMATE signee for that SB, true it was lucky they played the Raiders but that team was a heck of a team but with a killer attitude and energy because of GRUDEN.
Dungy's a nioce guy, good football man but without Peyton Manning in Indy those Colts teams do NOT win the SB.

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2010 8:38 pm

Rumors swirl around Jon Gruden and Miami

I forgot to add Russian Royal....Your an idiot too that knows absolutly nothing. How did you reach the status of Superstar? Is that for idiodic comments in which you know nothing about????? ANd yes, Gruden rode the shirt tail of Dungy and then the Bucs fell to mediocrity when he could not continue building what Tony D did.......WOW?

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