ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 4, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Odds take another turn as a heavy favorite emerges for Tennessee's next head coach


Jon Gruden, who was originally considered one of the biggest long shots listed, is now listed as the heavy favorite for Bet Online odds rankings for the University of Tennessee's next head coach.

Gruden was originally considered at 20/1 on the website's opening line, but moved up to 12/1 and 10/1 last week, 8/1, 5/2 (+250) and is currently listed at +150 as he continues to trend in the right direction after the school reportedly offered him $10 million:

Gruden's past ties to the Tennessee football program have led Vol fans to believe that the former Super Bowl winning coach could possibly take over on Rocky Top.


Gruden began his career as a graduate assistant with the Vols under Johnny Majors in 1986-87. His wife, Cindy, was a Volunteer cheerleader and, as several Twitter users pointed out, his son apparently attends UT.

The Monday Night Football broadcaster has also referred to the head coaching position at Tennessee as a "dream job" on numerous occasions and expressed interest in coaching again, although he's also downplayed the notion of coaching at the college level.

While current head coach Butch Jones hasn't been fired yet, Paul Finebaum says a decision has already been made on his tenure and the writing is on the wall following comments from the AD along with bullying allegations and allegations that he played a player who suffered a concussion.