Chain Links: Gruden the NFL owner?

UPDATE: According to a tweet by Mike Freeman of CBS, Gruden could be meeting with the University of Tennessee later this week.

Earlier today it was reported that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would be offering former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden a stake in the ownership of the Browns if Gruden would take the head coaching job at Haslam’s alma mater the University of Tennessee.

This report seemed ridiculous to me, but I was willing to believe it in the hopes that we would be seeing the end of Gruden’s broadcasting career. I’m sure he’s a decent enough guy, but after his hyperbolic slurping of Cowboys QB Tony Romo, I have a hard time paying attention when he’s yelling on my TV.

Now Gruden and the Browns are denying this report, and my dreams of banishing him from the wasteland that is basic cable television have been dashed…for now.

“Jimmy Haslam has no involvement in the University of Tennessee head coaching search, and the report that Jon Gruden would potentially have an ownership stake in the Browns is completely erroneous,”

Ok fine, he’s not necessarily bailing on ESPN to coach the Volunteers, but surely he’s got designs on leaving TV for coaching sooner rather than later.

“I’m just excited about Monday Night Football,” Gruden said. “I like what I’m doing. I’m just trying to hang on to the job that I have.”

Still, I doubt the rumours of Gruden’s return to the sidelines will end any time soon. His name will inevitably come up any time there’s a coaching vacancy in the NFL.

Maybe I’m being a little too harsh on Chucky; he actually brings decent insight and analysis, I’ll just never get past his Monday Night football coronation of Tony Romo. Romo’s been shitting the bed (not literally, I don’t think) ever since.

And now the links part of the post…

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league couldn’t prove that Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh intended to kick Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub in the crotch. Seriously? I know it’s impossible to prove what was going through Suh’s head, but this isn’t exactly Ndamukong’s first rodeo. [PFT]
  • Cowboys’ RB (and personal fantasy disappointment) DeMarco Murray will be practicing this week, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll play on Sunday against the flailing Eagles. [ESPN Dallas]
  • I had no idea there was a professional football league in India, and that games are played in an empty stadium and repackaged to fit a one hour TV time slot. [KSK]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will be eased into practice this week, but the team isn’t sure whether or not he’ll play. Fantasy owners of Big Ben should continue to keep a close eye on his status as the week progresses. [Jason La Canfora]