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There is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: Jon Gruden would be a home run hire for the University of Tennessee football program. But what people can’t agree on is whether Gruden has any interest in the job.

Tennessee is in the market for a new head coach yet again after firing Butch Jones, who had led the program for five seasons. Since firing Phillip Fulmer, they’ve had Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, and Jones. None won more than nine games in a season.

The program is desperate for a turnaround, and Gruden almost assuredly would be able to lead one. And while reports about his level of interest have differed, one new report says the former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach would listen to an offer from Tennessee.

In fact, the Chatanooga Times Free Press reports that Gruden has even reached out to some college coaches to gauge their interest in potentially joining his staff at Tennessee.

Gruden’s name tends to be a hot one every year around this time thanks to his past success, age, and visibility. A recent report said Gruden returning to coach the Bucs was a possibility. And on Wednesday, when asked about a potential return to coaching, Gruden told ESPN “never say never.”

But while the Times Free Press says Gruden would listen to a Tennessee offer, Football Scoop has reported that Gruden is not heading to Tennessee.

Recall that Gruden began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Tennessee, while his wife was a cheerleader at the school. He has ties to Knoxville, which have led to the persistent reports even dating back to when Jones was hired.

Maybe one of these days Gruden will leave ESPN to return to coaching. After all, he has indicated that the “itch” to coach is there.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

QUIZ: Name every Monday Night Football announcer

Can you name every broadcaster for the NFL who has announced Monday Night Football? This includes play-by-play announcers (PBP), color commentators (CC) and sideline reporters (SR) for both ABC and later ESPN. 

Clue: Years active

Note: * Indicates a non-consecutive stay on MNF

1970 PBP
Keith Jackson
1970 CC
Howard Cosell
1970-84 CC
Don Meredith
1971-85 PBP, 1986-97 CC
Frank Gifford
1974 CC
Fred Williamson
1974-76 CC
Alex Karras
1979-82 CC
Fran Tarkenton
1983-85 CC
O.J. Simpson
1985 CC
Joe Namath
1986-2005 PBP
Al Michaels
1987 PBP
Gary Bender
1987-98 CC
Dan Dierdorf
1987 CC, 1994-97 SR
Lynn Swann
1997, 2005 PBP
Mike Patrick
1998-99 CC
Boomer Esiason
1998-99 SR
Lesley Visser
2000-01 CC
Dennis Miller
2000-01 CC
Dan Fouts
2000-02 SR
Melissa Stark
2000-01 SR
Eric Dickerson
2002-05 CC
John Madden
2003 SR
Lisa Guerrero
2004-05 SR
Michele Tafoya
2005 SR
Sam Ryan
2005-11 SR
Suzy Kolber
2006-07 SR
Bonnie Bernstein
2006-11 CC
Ron Jaworski
2006-08 CC
Tony Kornheiser
2006-11* PBP
Brad Nessler
2006 CC
Joe Theismann
2006-2015 PBP
Mike Tirico
2006 CC
Dick Vermeil
2007-08 CC
Mike Ditka
2007-09 CC
Mike Golic
2007-09 PBP
Mike Greenberg
2009–present CC
Jon Gruden
2009-present* CC
Steve Young
2010-2015 CC
Trent Dilfer
2011-12 SR
Rachel Nichols
2011 SR
Wendi Nix
2011, 2013 SR
Sal Paolantonio
2011 SR
Ed Werder
2012-present PBP
Chris Berman
2012-present SR
Lisa Salters
2014-present SR
Lindsay Czarniak
2016–present PBP
Sean McDonough

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