University of Miami AD Kirby Hocutt is expected to meet Wednesday with Jon Gruden in order to gauge the TV analyst’s interest in coaching the Hurricanes football program, a high-level school source told the Miami Herald.
A second school official told the paper Gruden has begun to show some interest after initially rejecting the idea, but the ‘Canes are not sure whether he would take the job if offered.
Two members of the university’s board of trustees said Gruden is Miami’s top choice, but they expressed concern he might decide to wait for an NFL job while continuing his on-air role with ESPN.
The school has gone so far as to evaluate how much it believes Gruden would boost attendance, the paper reported. One trustee noted UM’s two most recent football hires (Larry Coker and Randy Shannon) were promoted from coordinator jobs and Miami "won’t do that again. They want someone who is running a successful program that they think can win a national championship.”
Shannon was fired over the weekend.
Gruden, 47, did not return calls left with his wife and agent.
Miami is also compiling a list of other candidates if Gruden says no. The paper reported the list includes Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and Arizona’s Mike Stoops, plus at least two others.
Gruden won the Super Bowl as Tampa Bay’s coach in the 2002 season and was fired after the 2008 season. He was 95-81 in 11 years in the NFL, including 40-28 in four years with the Oakland Raiders before replacing Tony Dungy in Tampa.
He held four college jobs before joining the pro ranks — graduate assistant at Tennessee (1986-87), quarterbacks coach at Southeast Mississippi State (1988) and receivers coach at Pacific (1989) and Pittsburgh (1991).