Report: Gruden says no to Tennessee

You can’t blame the Vols for trying.

University of Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton reached out to current ESPN analyst and former Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden on Tuesday night, but was denied, according to Matt Hayes of the Sporting News.

The Volunteers job opened up in a hurry on Tuesday night when Lane Kiffin bolted from the University to take the head coaching job at USC-which was recently vacated by Pete Carroll (who took the head coaching job for the Seattle Seahawks. Got all that?).

According to Hayes, Hamilton wants a new head coach in place at Tennessee by January 17, which is just four days from now.

Keep in mind that we are just a few short weeks away from National Signing Day (February 3)-when many of the top high school recruits announce where they will be playing next fall.

With no head coach currently in place for the Vols, you can bet the rest of the SEC is trying to poach Tennessee’s early commits.

Gruden recently extended his contract with ESPN to continue on in the broadcasting booth with Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski on Monday night football. However, many experts have speculated that it won’t be long before the Super Bowl-winning coach returns to the sidelines of the NFL.

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