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Gruden Favored To Be Tennessee’s Next Head Coach

After five seasons with the program, coach Butch Jones was shown the door by the Tennessee Volunteers. Jones was rather uninspiring during his tenure with the Vols, as he compiled a 14-24 conference record.

Brady Hoke, the previous head coach of Michigan, will take over coaching duties to round out this season for the Vols. Hoke has been the associate head coach as well as the defensive line coach throughout the season but does not exactly inspire hope for the future after flaming out in Ann Arbor.

With only two games left in the season, many Tennessee fans are already looking toward who their next head coach will be.  

Of course, whenever there is a coaching vacancy in college football or the NFL, we hear rumblings of Jon Gruden. Although the ESPN broadcaster has not coached a professional football team since 2008 and has shown no real signs of coming back, Gruden is a +190 favorite to land the Tennessee gig.

Gruden makes more than good money as a commentator for ESPN and – frankly – it is a much less involved job than that of a full-time head coach of a massive football program.

A name more likely to come up as a realistic option is Mike Norvell. The second-year Memphis coach has become a hot name on the coaching scene thanks to his explosive offense and his wealth of experience despite his relatively young age. Novell’s ability to find lesser recruits at the quarterback position and build them up is already among the best in college athletics.

Who Will Be The Tennessee Volunteers’ Next Head Coach?

Odds as of November 14 at BetOnline

  • Jon Gruden +180
  • Mike Norvell +250
  • Dan Mullen +450
  • Chip Kelly +500
  • Les Miles +500
  • Jeff Brohm +1000
  • Bobby Petrino +1200
  • Mike MacIntyre +1200
  • PJ Fleck +1200
  • Tee Martin +1600
  • Jim Bob Cooter +2000
  • Lane Kiffin +3300
  • Brian Kelly +5000
  • Peyton Manning +5000

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