Tennessee needs a new coach; Jon Gruden needed dinner ... it was a match made in Knoxville. Except, Gruden wasn't in Knoxville. Gruden wasn't in Tennessee, or even the same time zone — if you believe an ESPN PR representative. The odd rumor seemed to begin when Calhoun's, a restaurant by Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, excitedly posted that Gruden had joined former Volunteers quarterback legend Peyton Manning for dinner at their restaurant ahead of a Saturday evening matchup with LSU. Gruden has been rumored for the post since Tennessee opted to fire coach Butch Jones last week. Manning, who was shown on the field in the first quarter, was definitely in town. One post, retweeted by the restaurant, reads: "Gruden and Manning went to Calhoun's with a larger party, didn't sit in a banquet room, sat where they could be seen but asked that no pictures be taken. This from the folks Calhouns." It was exciting, and the restaurant continued to retweet posts confirming he was there. There was just one issue, summarized by ESPN public relations worker Bill Hofheimer: "For all those wondering, Jon Gruden is actually 2,500 miles away from Calhoun's ... in Seattle prepping for MNF. Production mtgs w/ the Seahawks this afternoon." Prior to Hofheimer's post, Calhouns posted a message apologizing for any confusion.
Tennessee restaurant apologizes for rumor Jon Gruden was dining there
The Advocate | Nov 19