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Gruden tells Letterman he'll help at CDS

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Tue. April 27, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

In one casual chat on late-night TV, Jon Gruden put tiny Carrollwood Day on the national map.

Appearing Monday on The Late Show with David Letterman, the former Bucs coach told the iconic host he'll be the assistant offensive line coach for the Patriots, who commence spring practice Monday.

No real news there; Gruden -- whose oldest son Deuce is a rising Patriots junior and two-way standout -- attended a bunch of practices last season. But CDS coach Lane McLaughlin said hearing the name of his small program, entering its third year of 11-man football, has been surreal.

"We've been on SportsCenter and on Letterman," McLaughlin said. "We've been reeling in the tide with publicity."

While on board for this spring, Gruden's fall schedule -- he's a color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football telecasts -- make his coaching status for the regular season unclear. McLaughlin, however, said he'll take however much time the coach has to offer.

"He was almost at every practice last year but I think he was a little hesitant (to help)," McLaughlin said.

"I don't think he wanted to step on my feet. Then he asked me, 'Do you want me to help you coach?' I said, 'A Super Bowl coach on my sideline, are you nuts?' I don't have that big of an ego. I'll milk him for all the knowledge I can get."

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