Louisville looking at former Buccaneers coach Gruden?
UPDATE: Jon Gruden today tried to distance himself from reports linking him to coaching positions with the Washington Redskins and the University of Louisville, USA Today's Sean Leahy reports:
"Gruden, fired as coach of the Bucs in January, said he's happy as a Monday Night Football broadcaster and doesn't want to disrespect the coaches who already have those jobs.
"I'm really respectful of the people that have those jobs," Gruden told ESPN's Mike & Mike today (via the Washington Post).
"I got a job. I just got fired from a job, I'm trying to hang on to the one I've got, man. I'm gonna stick to my guns here and do my job, and don't believe everything that's out there. Just do the best you can, finish the job that you have, and that's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna work hard and try to do better at the broadcast this Monday night.''
Sources have reportedly told the NFL Network tonight that the University of Louisville has decided to target Jon Gruden for its head coach post if it decides to fire Steve Kragthorpe.
The report says nothing about Gruden being remotely interested or contact having been made between the school and Gruden's agent.
Gruden is currently in the midst of his first season as an analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN. He presumably will be a candidate for NFL openings next season if there is a round of firings similar to that which followed last season.
Gruden was fired by the Bucs in January and has never been a college head coach. If he ever does become one, seems it's a long shot that his first foray would be at Louisville.