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.”