CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd is not on board with one of the hottest coaching names in college football.
With Tennessee’s Butch Jones on the hot seat, former Super Bowl winner Jon Gruden has emerged as a very popular name to replace Jones should he be fired. Gruden has seemingly spurred on the rumors, and that is exactly why Dodd is throwing some cold water on the hot “Grumors”.
The next person to write, mention or even think Jon-Gruden-to-Tennessee, please just stop. I was convinced years ago that Gruden loves to hear his name attached to jobs he’ll never take. Plus, has anyone noticed Gruden hasn’t recruited in 26 years?
This is a good point on Gruden. His name has emerged on-and-off for the past several years, but Gruden has been completely out of the coaching game since 2008. And, as Dodd mentions, Gruden hasn’t been involved in college football since 1991, when he was an assistant coach at Pittsburgh.
Dodd did mention a potential alternative for Tennessee, though, mentioning that UCF’s Scott Frost is a name that could emerge if that position opens up. Frost has emerged as one of the top coaching candidates in college football after turning around the UCF program; UCF was 0-12 the year prior to Frost arriving, and now the Knights are undefeated with one of the top offenses in college football.
Of course, Tennessee won’t be the only team potentially going after Frost. Frost has mostly been connected to the Nebraska coaching job, where head coach Mike Riley is feeling the heat after the school recently brought in a new athletic director. Frost is a former starting quarterback for the Cornhuskers, helping Nebraska win a share of the national title in 1997.