Jon Gruden was the most successful Raiders coach in recent memory, and one of the hottest commodities in all of football circles. Many Oakland Raiders fans have been calling for Gruden to return to the sidelines for the Silver and Black, but there is a possibility that Gruden could be heading to the college ranks instead of returning to Oakland for a second stint as it has been rumored.
According to Pro Football Talk, Gruden is ‘open to hearing’ from the Texas Longhorns about their coaching job.
The possibility of Gruden going to Austin would be huge for the Longhorns, but there is skepticism about how true these rumors are. Many believe that someone at Texas is leaking information to Orangebloods.com in order to keep the perception that Texas is a top tier coaching position.
On the other side, many also believe that Gruden is only saying he is interested in order to keep his status as one of the top coaching candidates available. If Gruden appears interested in big jobs, more big time teams will come calling if and when they have a vacancy.
Gruden will be an excellent hire wherever he ends up and Raiders fans everywhere would celebrate if he were to return to Oakland. Now the question becomes if Gruden is seriously about returning to coaching or if he’ll simply remain with ESPN.