ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden said Wednesday morning that he loves his current role as a color commentator for the network's Monday Night Football broadcasts and doesn't plan on leaving. "But as you know in life," he added, "you never say never to nothing." As the coaching rumor mill heats up, Gruden joined ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike to discuss, among other things, his potential return to coaching. Co-host Mike Golic asked Gruden specifically about his name being linked to the head coaching job at Tennessee, which fired Butch Jones earlier this week. "Well you know what Mike, I haven't talked to anybody," Gruden said. "All I really have in my life is my family and football. That's about it. I'm real sensitive to the coaches that are out there coaching, so I don't speculate. I just love football. "I'm trying to hang on to the job I have. I'm very fortunate to be with the people I'm with. I don't know what's going to happen in the future, I just know this: I'm going to continue to give my best effort to the game, stay prepared." Gruden got his start as a graduate assistant at Tennessee but hasn't coached at the collegiate level since he was the tight ends coach at Pacific in 1989. He spent 11 years as a head coach in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl in his first season with Tampa Bay in 2002.
Jon Gruden on coaching speculation: 'Never say never to nothing'
USA Today | Nov 15