Jon Gruden, Miami meet but no offer forthcoming

December 2nd, 2010 by Staff

MIAMI — It appears Jon Gruden isn’t as interested in the Hurricanes as the school’s fans and boosters are in him.

Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt met with the former Bucs coach and current NFL television analyst in Tampa early Wednesday, but a job offer was not made. It was purely an exploratory conversation.

Gruden reportedly listened and said that he would not being going further at this time because he is keeping his options open, including the NFL, the Miami Herald reported. It is unlikely Miami, which needs to move quickly because of recruiting, will wait, the newspaper reported.

Internet reports of a news conference scheduled for Wednesday were erroneous, the school said in an e-mail. “As we said at the beginning of the process, Kirby Hocutt will not comment on the search for a new head football coach until the process is completed,” the statement said.

ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson believes Gruden will remain in broadcasting. “We expect Jon to be on Monday Night Football doing what he’s been doing for a long time to come,” Williamson said.

So the search to replace Randy Shannon continues.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump sent a note to school president Donna Shalala this week, suggesting the Hurricanes hire former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Leach, who now lives in Key West, said he has not been contacted by any schools with openings, but told the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram he is interested in the Miami job.

Part of Trump’s message: “You can now get him for the right price.”

Miami has said it will not hire a coach with baggage, which would seem to rule out Leach and former USF coach Jim Leavitt. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, a former Florida assistant, might be a target.

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