Vols

Jon Gruden to be Named Raiders’ Next Coach, ESPN’s Schefter Confirms

Jon Gruden to be Named Raiders’ Next Coach, ESPN’s Schefter Confirms

The White Whale has landed. Jon Gruden is headed to Oakland again as head coach of the Raiders. Following the firing of Jack Del Rio, Oakland’s coaching search saw signs of Tennessee’s with #Grumors spread about. But, Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed an earlier report from RaidersSnakePit.com’s Steve Corkan Friday afternoon that Gruden is officially taking the job.

 

 

Knoxville has seen its fair share of Fake News and coaching search information turned wrong, but Schefter’s confirmation is almost as good as the Raiders or Gruden himself confirming the news.

Gruden has been on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast since 2009, where he’s turned down (or at least hasn’t accepted) multiple attempts to court him. It wasn’t likely that ESPN was going to let anything slip until the move was official, and Schefter is as sure as anyone in the business at checking his sources before breaking news.

The move has been something of a worst-kept-secret in the business. Schefter said on SportsCenter Saturday night that a deal was all but done and that Gruden would be the Raiders’ next head coach, and Gruden mocked coworker Stephen A. Smith on the network’s Golic and Wingo show in response to Smith’s jabs at Gruden.

Poor Tennessee fans. We’ll never forget local host Jon Reed’s airport stakeout. Or random Gruden sightings.

It was a fun ride. Gruden returns to the Raiders after compiling a 40-28 record and leading the Raiders from 8-8 to the AFC Championship in four years before his move to Tampa Bay.

Give us your Take...
Vols
@NathanOdom11

Nathan is a journalism student at UT who has as many puns as he does sports opinions.

More in Vols

The Tennessee-Florida Rivalry Is Starting Up Early This Year

AJ CookJuly 18, 2018

What You Need To Know From Jeremy Pruitt’s First SEC Media Day Presser

Will OakleyJuly 18, 2018

5 Names That Could Be A Surprise For Vols

Logan QuintonJuly 16, 2018

FOX Sports Knoxville is Fanrun Radio. Our purpose is to create what fans want to hear, see and do. FOX Sports Knoxville is now the most popular digital sports platform in this space.

WKGN OPIF

Email FOX(a)SportsRadioKnoxville.com for assistance.

@FOXSportsKnox

Facebook

Copyright © 2018 Hodges Media, LLC. Powered by 2:45Tech