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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

University of Miami AD meets with Jon Gruden to discuss Hurricanes' job

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 3:27 p.m.

Although University of Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt met Wednesday morning with "Monday Night Football" analyst and former coach Jon Gruden to discus the vacant Hurricanes job, no offer was extended and Gruden is not the school's sole focus, according to the Miami Herald.

"I will be shocked if Jon takes the Miami job," a source close to Jon Gruden told Rivals / Yahoo writer Tom Dienhart this afternoon.

Filed at 8 a.m.

The University of Miami is continuing to try to lure "Monday Night Football" analyst and former coach Jon Gruden back to the sideline, with Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt traveling to Tampa to meet with Gruden today, according to a report.

Hocutt, a source told the Miami Herald, is on a fact-finding mission to determine just what level of interest Gruden has in the job. Although he initially expressed none, another source has told the Herald that he may be softening. Two members of the school's Board of Trustees told the Herald that Gruden is the university's top choice and that a marketing plan is in place should he take the job.

Although reported that Gruden and Miami are working out the final details and that he will be named coach unless there's a last-minute catch, the Herald reports that trustees dispute that.

Other names on the Canes' list, according to the Herald, are Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Utah's Kyle Whittingham and Arizona's Mike Stoops.

Only two days ago, Gruden issued a statement saying he was "committed to 'Monday Night Football.' " Perhaps Monday's dog of a game between Arizona and San Francisco changed his mind.

By Cindy Boren  | December 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  College football, NFL  
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yet his brother Jay still is overlooked. I tell ya, he is a solid coach.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 1, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

who will gush over EVERY SINGLE PLAYER on every team during a MNF game if Gruden leaves?

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | December 1, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I can't see any rational person leaving the MNF gig to take on all the added off-field pressures & responsibilities of coaching a college team.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | December 1, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It's a ton more money and every coach wants the chance to 1) run his own show and 2) prove that he's a genius. Very few of them get that out of their systems (Madden).

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 1, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Live from Los Angeles! The firing of head coach Randy Shannon by the University of Miami smacks of hypocrisy of President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Kirby Horcutt. They talk a good game of reforming inner-city goods and having THEM graduated. I have been following Coach Jon Gruden many years and HE is not a nice guy. Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis and Tampa Bay Buccernears owner Malcolm Glazer BOTH fired Jon Gruden for EXCESSIVE CONDUCT against HIS players. President Donna Shalala YOU cannot have it both WAYS because players from inner-city Miami have a different mindset from the University. I remember Chad Ochocinco the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver who was Chad Johnson at the time when HE was at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles in the late 1990s who later played for Dennis Erickson at Oregon State and HE told me the Miami Hurricanes refused to recruit HIM because HE was a GANGSTER and native Miami players should go elsewhere to get and education and further develop their football talents. For the Miami program it is either having High academics or a top notch football program!

Posted by: big_bors | December 1, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would he leave the best job in broadcasting to coach COLLEGE? He's already won a Super Bowl, the summit in the NFL. He probably works 2 or 3 days a week in his current gig and he's a natural. He'll stay in that spot for life if he wants to. No brainer.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

None of the supposed canidates seem to have a Miami Hurricane worthy resume.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | December 1, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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