Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jon Gruden denies report of Tennessee deal.

Clutch the pearls! It seems the story about Tennessee offering Jon Gruden a stake in the Cleveland Browns to coach the Vols may have been somewhat untrue. Gruden himself went on Mike and Mike Wendsday morning to deny the already implausible story.

"Appearing on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show on Wednesday morning, former NFL coach Jon Gruden shot down a report out of Memphis that he had an offer in-hand to become the next football coach at the University of Tennessee.

Memphis TV station WREG-3's Glenn Carver announced on their newscast Tuesday night that the former Tampa Bay coach had a deal and that an announcement on his hiring could be made as soon as Wednesday.

"I'm just trying to focus on keeping the job I have," Gruden told the ESPN hosts."

The part about Gruden being offered a stake in the Browns also has gone throught the ringer a bit.

"One of the provisions claimed by the report to be a part of that deal was that Gruden would receive a small ownership stake in the Cleveland Browns from owner Jimmy Haslam III, a Tennessee alumnus.

That particular claim, however, drew instant attention on a number of websites, as Gruden is still receiving buyout payments from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and as such might be prohibited from agreeing to a stake in the Browns until those payments end in mid-December.

Furthermore, it has been suggested that in order to strike that deal the Haslam family would first have to "gift" the ownership stake in the Browns to the University of Tennessee, who would then, in turn, give it to Gruden as part of his contract."

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)