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Gruden Not Interested In Tennessee
Posted Nov 10, 2008 by Anwar S. Richardson
Updated Nov 10, 2008 at 06:37 PM
Tribune reporter Roy Cummings has been reporting since day one that there was no way Bucs Coach Jon Gruden would be interested in the University of Tennessee’s future opening and that seems to be the case.
Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer is going to step down after this season and Gruden was rumored to be a possible replaced. Gruden, 45, began his coaching career as a Vols graduate assistant under legendary coach Johnny Majors in 1986-87. Gruden’s wife, Cindy, was a Vols’ cheerleader, and the two met while Gruden was there.
However, Gruden dismissed those rumors on Monday.
“I’ve said from the very beginning, this is the only job I’ve ever wanted,” Gruden said. “As long as the Glazers will have me, I’ll be here. Got a lot of respect for Tennessee. I grew up there, a little bit. My wife is from there. This is where I want to be. I can only make that so clear.”
Gruden did not even want to entertain the follow-up question about if he could ever see himself as a college coach.
“I don’t even want to start that,” Gruden said. “I’ve wanted to be in the NFL my whole life. This is something I’m really excited to do. This is where I want to be. I’ll leave it at that.”