There’s no doubt that current ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden is one of the hottest potential coaching prospects available for college football programs looking for a replacement.
What I deem to be a fairly reasonable source, and a well-connected one at that tweeted out earlier today that in fact an offer had already been made to Gruden.
Jim Harris, one of the founders of the now-defunct Arkansas 360, which was, in its time one of the better sources on Arkansas sports, tweeted the following this afternoon:
My sources say Arkansas has made an offer to ESPN pro analyst Jon Gruden.
— Jim Harris(@jimharris360) November 19, 2012
There’s also a Facebook page dedicated to persuading Gruden to make his way to Fayetteville:
Needless to say, the Razorback faithful would be more than happy to have the coach known as “Chucky” due to his pained facial expressions during games roaming the sidelines next fall in Fayetteville.
After all, John L. Smith is a dead-man-walking and the speculation was going to start sooner than later anyway.
Common knowledge is that Arkansas will eventually be embroiled in a full-scale bidding war with the Tennessee Volunteers, who recently fired Derek Dooley and are looking for a big splash hire to bring some relevancy back to a program which was once so proud and among the SEC’s elite.
Has Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long fired the first shot here?
We’ll find out soon.
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