There's nothing like a firing at a major FBS program like Tennessee to get the rumor mill churning. After Butch Jones was canned this past Sunday, predictions have been swirling as to who the next leader of the Vols' program might be, and there's one potential candidate that would instantly make the team one of the most interesting in college football.
Former Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden is the latest name to be attached to the Tennessee job. And as great as he is at ESPN, there's five reasons Vols' fans should be thrilled if the Jon Gruden, Tennessee rumors become a reality.
Amazing Quotes From Practice and Games
Gruden is already wildly entertaining on MNF, but the sideline version of him is much more unfiltered and unscripted. A return to the sidelines would give us endless entertainment and soundbites.
Verbal Spats With College Coaches
Considering how competitive the former Super Bowl champion is, post-game handshakes could turn out to be the most exciting moments of UT games.
One can only pray we'd get moments like this.
Watching if He Gets the Vols on Probation
Gruden provided this gem of a quote to Pewter Report over the summer in regards to coaching at the college ranks. While I personally feel like he said it in jest, it would be a blast to watch him stretch the rules à la Jim Harbaugh.
I realized that if I became a college coach I would probably have you on probation within four or five weeks. Too many rules, man. I mean I like to work. I don’t like to be working 15 hours a week with players. The recruiting, Facebook, texting, e-mails – all that stuff. Yeah, I’d probably have you in real deep, deep trouble if I was your college coach.
Watching The Media Sing Rocky Top
Apparently if the Jon Gruden, Tennessee rumors become reality, a few big-time media folks will be entertaining us with their rendition of Rocky Top.
If Jon Gruden takes the Tennessee job, I'll sing Rocky Top in the town square of Madison, Georgia on Christmas Eve
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 16, 2017
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 16, 2017
I'll go a step further. If Gruden takes the Tennessee job I'll sing Rocky Top with a Peyton jersey on in the middle of LA Live. I might even let a Mississippi State fan handle my Twitter for a day https://t.co/GkUBvkj1QF
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) November 16, 2017
The Frank Caliendo Impressions Will Be Out of Control
Gruden's first foray into the college ranks will give comedian Frank Caliendo an entirely new set of comedic ammo.