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Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden says he still misses coaching football

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Despite his success in the broadcast booth, former Tampa Bay Buc Jon Gruden says he still misses coaching.

Gruden, who turns 52 this month, said on the Paul Finebaum show that he was close to taking the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee in 2012.

“I don’t know how close,” Gruden said. “I love football. I’ll be the first to tell you. I miss coaching. But I do look at my job here as a lot like coaching. I get a chance to be around it 364 days a year, and I feel like I’m improving. But I don’t have a team.”

Gruden was in his first year coaching the Bucs when they won the Super Bowl after the 2002 season.

“Tennessee is a dream job for a lot of people, me included,” Gruden said. “The timing wasn’t right. I’ll say this about the Volunteers, they got the right guy. I think Butch Jones is going to put the Volunteers back on the map. It might happen this year.”



Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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