Texas Billionaire Lobbying for Jon Gruden to Be Next Texas Longhorns Coach

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Jon Gruden, a TV analyst who enjoys seeing his name linked to coaching vacancies, will love this one coming out of Austin: A Texas billionaire who has donated more than $100 million to the University of Texas is lobbying hard for ESPN’s Monday Night Football announcer to replace Mack Brown. From My San Antonio.com:

“They should hire Jon Gruden,” McCombs said. “I think he’s the best football coach out there. And he’s available.”

McCombs said he “does not speak for” Gruden, but said he received glowing reports from several people he consulted about the former NFL coach.

Gruden is 50, but has the youthful exuberance of man in his 30s. He appears to have the rah-rah enthusiasm necessary to be a college football coach, but why does it feel like he’s never going back to being a coach? The stress of it all is significantly less than 5+ months of work at ESPN and then some appearances in the offseason and during the NFL draft.

The latest Texas rumors have centered around Louisville’s Charlie Strong, who interviewed for the job recently, Baylor’s Art Briles, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin. What’s more interesting than that list is what their next tier of options looks like. Other than Strong, I can see the other three giving Texas the stiff arm.

[UPDATE: And here comes Jim Mora!]

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