The search for a new head football coach at the University of Miami figures to be one that draws some big names. Multiple outlets are reporting Sunday evening that the search is over on the same day it technically began. Jon Gruden, currently an analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN has been rumored to have agreed to a contract with the Hurricanes valued at $3.4 million. Miami fired Randy Shannon on Saturday following a loss to South Florida.
Lake Lewis of Sports Journey Radio and a reporter covering the Washington Redskins got the word buzzing by citing a “credible source” that Gruden will join Miami via Twitter. From there the story was picked up by SB Nation and National Football Post but no official word has come out of the University of Miami at this point.
Gruden’s name is no stranger to the college coaching rumor circles of course, which leads to why the speculation that this is anything but official is warranted. When Notre Dame was looking for a new coach last offseason Gruden was one of the big names attached to the search. He also was mentioned in rumors for the Tennessee job. The former Super Bowl winning coach has been out of the coaching game since the end of the 2008 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the NFL Gruden was 95-81 and as much as he may be able to sway high school recruits with his 2002 Super Bowl
Gruden’s last time coaching in college came in 1989 as an offensive assistant coaching wide receivers for Pacific University. Since then Pacific has ended their football program and brought it back from the dead. Gruden was also a quarterbacks coach for Southeast Missouri State in 1988 and a graduate assistant at Tennessee form 1986 to 1987.