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SOURCES: Gruden Interested in College; UT Reached Out to Mullen

SOURCES: Gruden Interested in College; UT Reached Out to Mullen
Boomer Dangel

Find yesterday’s Coaching Search HQ breakdown with details about Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly here.

Jon Gruden

A source connected to major college football coaches tells FOX Sports Knoxville that Jon Gruden is interested in coaching at the college level. This contradicts the long-assumed statement that Gruden would only return to the NFL.

Tennessee’s job was not mentioned by name. Only that Gruden expresses interest in college football.

The source, involved with college and professional football on the national level, also stated that Gruden wants out of his Monday Night Football deal. This had been speculated for some time.

Still, Gruden in August said, “If I became a college coach I would probably have you on probation w/in 4 or 5 weeks. Too many rules, man. I mean I like to work. The recruiting… all that stuff. Yeah, I’d probably have you in real deep, deep trouble if I was your college coach.”

Yesterday, former Knoxville-based reporter John Brice included the following excerpt on his independent reporting website:

“Six different sources, ranging from current coaches to former all-time great Vols to college administrators, in the past 72-96 hours tell me that Gruden is far more seriously considering this Tennessee offer than ever before; so much so that Gruden is making some preliminary calls to coaches and other college athletics folks about potentially joining him in Knoxville.” LINK.

Dan Mullen

Trey Wallace of reports last night that, “Tennessee Reps reached out to Dan Mullen reps almost 2 weeks to at least gauge interest.”

Wallace will be on FOX Sports Knoxville’s morning show 3&OUT Tuesday at 9 am ET.

That makes it seem like Mullen would be the fallback to Gruden, Patterson, or whoever tops the list. Bruce Feldman has also reported there’s genuine interest in bringing Mullen to Knoxville.

Mullen, Chip Kelly and UCF coach Scott Frost are believed to be courted by both Tennessee and Florida.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin served six years at Mississippi State, his alma mater. He did not hire Mullen to be the school’s head coach but hung with him through two 7-6 seasons.

Yesterday, Mullen told local media, “I have a great job” at Mississippi State. LINK.

Chip Kelly

Yesterday, Florida lawyer and sports guru Darren Heitner reported that Florida is in the extensive vetting process of Chip Kelly.

Again on the Kelly SEC caveat:

After several improprieties in the conference, a new conference rule calls for the schools to ratify any coach with significant NCAA issues with the SEC commissioner, Greg Sankey. The university president must call the commissioner’s office as an added layer to hiring, it’s not just the school’s stand alone decision. LINK.

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