Muschamp probably Gone end of Season and Gator Job will allow Gruden's Sons to stay in School in Tampa
That being said, I can't see Jon Gruden going back to Oakland. I think he is going to take a coaching job in college--he started off on the college level--and I think the Gators job will be his if he wants it. Unless Will Muschamp turns it around this season and his offense figures out a way to score some points, he is likely gone.
Gainesville would be an ideal fit for Gruden. Most importantly, as a father of two sons not yet in college, he would not have to re-locate his family. Instead, he could likely commute a few days a week from Tampa to Gainesville, which will allow his sons to remain in school. Secondly, from a football point of view, he would have an opportunity to take over a premier program in the premier conference in the state he now calls home.
I think Gator Nation would be ecstatic if UF hired Gruden and that coaching at the college level would fit Jon Gruden's personality to a T. Gruden is born to teach....he obviously loves it, as seen from his ESPN Quarterback Academy he does with NFL prospects....and the University of Florida would give him one of the best opportunities in all of football.
Based upon the wealth in Florida and among Florida's alumni base, money would not be an issue. And Gruden is young enough that he could become a legendary SEC coach over the next 20 years. I can already see him firing up the Gators with a pre-game speech.
The other aspect which Gruden might like about college football is in the college game the coaches are the stars unlike the NFL where the players are the marquee names. He would get more attention as the Gator Head Coach than he would with an NFL franchise.
The only downside might be the need to recruit, but Jon is a born salesman who seems to thrive on human interaction. His enthusiasm, combined with his competitive nature and not to mention a Super Bowl ring, Jon Gruden, as head coach of the Florida Gators, would be able to get more than his fair share of players, especially at the QB position. And, to add even more hype to his hiring, what if Gruden brings in Tim Tebow for his staff? The combination of Jon Gruden and Tim Tebow would give the University of Florida more pre-season buzz next year than any other school in the SEC.
And recruits would be lining up outside Gruden's office. What high school QB with NFL aspirations would not want to play football at Florida for Jon Gruden? It's a perfect fit all the way around. Great for Florida, great for Jon Gruden's family, and great for him as a coach.
That's what I'm expecting to happen in Gainesville.
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