Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/20/14
According to News Channel 3 in Memphis, the University of Tennessee has made an offer to former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Part of the offer is Gruden getting a piece of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, who were recently bought by Jimmy Haslam III, one of UT’s biggest boosters. Haslam’s father is Jim Haslam, multi-millionaire and founder of Pilot. Jim played on Tennessee’s national championship teams in the early 1950s. A potential hangup could be over money Gruden may be owed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from his stint as head coach there that ended in 2008. The NFL is looking into the conflict of owning part of one team while getting money from another. If NFL ownership is included in Gruden’s deal, it would have to be tailored to conform with NCAA rules. Of course the Browns are denying this story is true. The following statement was sent to us by Neal Gulkis, Vice President of Media Relations for the Cleveland Browns: “Jimmy Haslam has no involvement in the University of Tennessee head coaching search, and the report that Jon Gruden would potentially have an ownership stake in the Browns is completely erroneous.” Even if Tennessee offered him a billion dollars, I’m not sure he would want to coach for them or any other college team.  I believe that at the end of the day, Gruden will end up back in the NFL.     var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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