Jon Gruden Kicks Tennessee While They’re Down

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Jon Gruden is the ultimate tease, and he knows he has the leverage to get away with it.

During the Monday Night Football broadcast between the Steelers and Bengals, Gruden exerted his trolling super powers at the expense of the University of Tennessee.

Tennessee fired head coach Butch Jones back on November 12th, and since then, the school’s athletic department has been an absolute train wreck, to put it mildly. Volunteer fans were being fed reports that Gruden was a serious candidate (maybe the leading candidate) for the head coach position following Jones’ dismissal.

But, that dream never became reality. Instead, Tennessee football now seems less organized than a preschool dance recital.

During the Monday Night Football game, play-by-play man Sean McDonough wanted to have some fun, so he brought up the vacant Tennessee head coach job to his booth partner.

Gruden responded, “Hopefully a matter of time. It’s been a long while since they solved that mess.”

The 54-year-old Gruden hasn’t coached in a game since he was leading the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And, as ESPN’s highest paid employee with an annual salary of nearly $7 million, does he even want to return to the sidelines? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, let’s all just be thankful and appreciate Jon Gruden for his unique personality and hilariously honest commentary.

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Matt Candler