Jon Gruden doesn't plan on leaving 'Monday Night Football' but says 'Never say never'
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Jon Gruden can't escape talk of a return to coaching, but maybe he doesn't want to.
As it was with former Tennessee Volunteers head football coach Derek Dooley, Gruden's name is once again being mentioned as a replacement. Dooley was fired in 2012 in favor of Butch Jones, who was dumped by UT earlier this week.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” Wednesday morning, Gruden said he didn't have plans to leave his current gig at "Monday Night Football."
“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.”
*That* would seem to contradict a report from the Chattanooga Times Free Press saying Gruden has reached out to current college assistants with ties to Tennessee.
"I'm trying to hang on to the job I have," Gruden continued. "I'm very fortunate to be with the people I'm with. I don't know what going to happen in the future. I just now this; I'm going to continue to give my best effort to the game, stay prepared. I love "Monday Night Football." Don't plan on leaving but, as you know in life, never say never to nothing."