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Jon Gruden Reportedly Has Interest In College Football Job Opening

Jon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders

It's that time of year again in college football.

"Grumors" are back.

In what seems to be an annual tradition, a report has emerged that former NFL coach Jon Gruden could be interested in taking a college head coaching job. This time, the program is South Florida.

Radio host JP Peterson tweeted that Gruden "definitely has interest in the USF job" and is "very close to many USF boosters." South Florida fired third-year head coach Jeff Scott on Sunday.

"I spoke with 2 people very close to the USF Football program and also friends with Jon Gruden and I can confirm Gruden definitely has interest in the USF job," Peterson tweeted. "Gruden is very close to many USF boosters. Obviously there are many hurdles to overcome politically. Thoughts?"

While it might be true that Gruden has ties with South Florida thanks to his seven years coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he may even have interest in the opening, the likelihood of the Bulls actually hiring him seem far-fetched for a couple of reasons.

One, Gruden hasn't coached at the college level since 1991, when he was the wide receivers coach for Pittsburgh. Gruden has never worked as a coordinator in the college ranks, much less a head coach.

More importantly, Gruden would come with a lot of baggage. Gruden resigned from his post as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders midway through last season after emails between him and former Washington general manager Bruce Allen showed that he used multiple racist and homophobic slurs.

But we'll keep an eye on the South Florida vacancy to see if Gruden makes his return to the sideline there.