Over the past few years it seems anytime there was a high-profile coaching vacancy available, Jon Gruden had his name pop up from fans or media. Gruden has a Super Bowl ring and he has had a number of good coaching jobs in his career, starting with his role as a graduate assistant at Tennessee to his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He won a Super Bowl ring as head coach in his final stop. Will Gruden one day return to coaching? Perhaps, although he has a pretty nice gig going right now as an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and his own annual quarterback profile series leading up to the NFL Draft.
If there is one job that could lure Gruden away from the TV booth and cameras, maybe, just maybe, it could be the University of Michigan.
It is believed Michigan is likely heading to a coaching search at the end of the season, although Brady Hoke remains the head coach of the Wolverines and AD Dave Brandon has not indicated a change is needed at this time. Michigan enters this weekend’s night game against Penn State riding a three-game losing streak and is looking to avoid a dreadful 0-3 start in Big Ten play with games against Michigan State and Ohio State still to be played. The names swirling around as Michigan’s next head coach are Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh, but if you dig deep into the archives of Dayton football, perhaps the answer is sitting right in front of Michigan.
Take a look at this bio of former Dayton quarterback Jon Gruden, from a 1984 media guide dug up and shared by Dayton student Dan Whitaker…
— Dan Whitaker (@DanWhitaker_UD) October 9, 2014
Gruden is much more geared to be an NFL head coach, as opposed to running a college program. If he does one day leave the TV booth to return to the sidelines, it would be much more likely to happen with an NFL franchise. Michigan may actually have a better chance of getting Harbaugh from the 49ers. Maybe the 49ers would make a call to Gruden?