Gruden to Miami would be manna for starving ACC

Jon Gruden would instantly become the biggest personality in the ACC at Miami.

If Miami hires Jon Gruden, he would instantly become the biggest personality in the ACC.

Let me start by saying I’m just not convinced Jon Gruden will take the University of Miami coaching job. He probably can have any vacant NFL job he wants and the thought of  him hitting the recruiting trail and begging some 18-year-old kid to come to his school just doesn’t register.

But you know what? Every ACC school should help pay Gruden’s salary to get him to Coral Gables.

John Swofford, the conference commissioner, should throw in a log cabin.

Butch Davis should loan him his personal tutor.

The SEC championship is this week. Everybody cares. The ACC championship is this week. Nobody cares.

Do you know why? Coaches.

Yes, the SEC is the annual college football behemoth and the conference title game has been the gateway for the BCS champion in the last four years (Auburn could make it five). But one of the major reasons the conference garners so much attention during the season — and commands astronomical television dollars — are the coaches.

What other conference can throw out Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Bobby Petrino, Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier? Whether you like these guys or not, they are names everybody knows. They are personalities. They are storylines.

Look at even the second tier of “names”: Gene Chizik (who is 12-0), Derek Dooley (likable son of legendary Vince Dooley), Dan Mullen (suddenly one of the hottest coaches on the market), Houston Nutt (sure he orchestrated the spectacular disaster of signing Jeremiah Masoli, but we talk about him).

Quick. Name three ACC coaches other than Paul Johnson. I’ll wait.

Still waiting.

Let’s look at the ACC title matchup: Frank Beamer, a legend, vs. Jimbo Fisher, who replaced a legend (Bobby Bowden). Does either have the personality of Spurrier — or, for that matter, Chizik, who’s been entertaining to watch and listen to during the Cam Newton saga?

Here are your other ACC coaches: Ralph Friedgen, Jim Grobe, Tom O’Brien, Frank Spaziani, David Cutcliffe, Butch Davis, Dabo Swinney and Mike London.

Don’t worry. They wear name tags at the convention every year.

There’s a saying: a rising tide lifts all boats. Look at Miami as the tide. It’s one of the ACC’s centerpiece programs for football. If Miami is good, it draws attention and forces every other team to get better. If Miami hires Gruden, it helps the conference’s visibility and that filters down to other schools, particularly when it comes to media coverage and revenue.

Gruden to Miami? I still doubt it. But it would be the talk of college football — and when’s the last time that happened in the ACC?

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JSS

December 1st, 2010
11:36 am

If he’s goes to UM then he’s the biggest liar since Bob Petrino!

juvenal

December 1st, 2010
11:39 am

2-missed it by that much…….

juvenal

December 1st, 2010
11:40 am

can he recruit?

@DanWeiner

December 1st, 2010
11:41 am

Mike Leach would be a much better hire for Miami. Plenty of NFL guys have gone to the college level and not succeeded. Leach won at a place where it’s very tough to win and had tremendous success. With Miami’s recruiting base Leach would baffle the ACC with his offense.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

There are flashier hires out there; but if they want to win the Florida recruiting wars; here’s the man they need to land. He can also flat out coach… Mario Cristobal
http://www.fiusports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=49161&SPID=4780&DB_OEM_ID=11700&ATCLID=727585&Q_SEASON=2010

StraightJacket

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

Yeah, … and Charlie Weis was gonna take Notre Dame to the promised land.

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
11:42 am

JSS — Yeah, but look at the SEC when it comes to liars (Saban, Miles, Petrino . . .)

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
11:43 am

Juvenal — Yeah, but so close. JSS is fast off the blocks.

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Dan Weiner — Actually, Leach probably would be a good hire for UM, except that he has fleas and it seems the school wants no part of him.

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
11:45 am

Straightjacket — I never thought Weis would lead Notre Dame to the promised land. And that’s a bad analogy: Weis was never a head coach. Gruden won a Super Bowl.

Rich T

December 1st, 2010
11:48 am

“If Miami hires Jon Gruden, he would instantly become the biggest personality in the ACC.”

Maybe, but Ralph Friedgen would remain the biggest coach … ba-dum-crash!

Henry D.

December 1st, 2010
11:49 am

All Leach did was lock a winey kid in a tool shed, and who hasn’t done that at one point or another?

Bob Didier Slept Here

December 1st, 2010
11:53 am

JS,

What about Chris Peterson? I know he says he is happy in Boise but who could be besides potato farmers and Left and Right Wing Extremists?? I simply do not believe that Boise is CP’s final coaching tour.

SECWasteManagement

December 1st, 2010
11:55 am

Well I got an SBJ right in front on me and the article on the outlook on the collective bargaining agreement that is about to expire looks very grim. The U also has a boatload of cash being private. The tuition for students alone is astronomical.

Bob Didier Slept Here

December 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Oh one last thing JS,

Would love to see you do a piece on how far Rich Rodriguez has fallen off the coaching map. I mean the guy is probably about to be canned at Michigan! Not sure where that guy goes after Ann Arbor!

42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State

December 1st, 2010
11:56 am

Gruden is the single best football commentator on TV (now that Madden is off the air). I hope he doesn’t leave ESPN and MNF, God forbid they bring back Tony Corn-holio.

rocket

December 1st, 2010
11:57 am

well, since I have been in London since Sunday …I am guessing that Randy Shannon got the heave-ho from….Donna Shalala? how demoralizing can that be for any man?

Ted M

December 1st, 2010
11:58 am

The ACC needs help… big time. I like your blog Jeff. Jon Gruden would help the ACC.

Booby134

December 1st, 2010
11:59 am

This does nothing to help the ACC if Gruden takes the job, the ACC is not competing with the SEC when it comes to bringing the top recruits.
I think the only way to to change it is to play more games head up against the SEC, not just inter-state rivalryies.

Gordon

December 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

It’s not the coaches, its the fans. The fan interest in the SEC generates that level of coach, not the other way around. It is also what generates stadium size. For the most part, SEC fans are just more passionate about college football than ACC fans. That’s not good or bad, that’s just the way it is.

Booby134

December 1st, 2010
12:04 pm

Oh yeah, I have got to give a thumbs up to Shannon no other school out there would have the guts, to play those brutal schedules he played the last 2 years in a row. Kudos Shannon, you’ll get another shot !

Dawg1

December 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

JS – your right.

StraightJacket

December 1st, 2010
12:06 pm

Wow. Good points, Mr. Schultz. I’ll concede them.

Now, I’ll ALSO concede that Gruden will do wonders (at least, temporarily) for the Miami Hurricane football culture. I think they’ll immediately buy into the “NFL” pedigree, and their fans are more “NFL-like” than college fans anyway. They’ll LOVE the pro-style stuff he takes in there.

However, good for the ACC? Time will tell. Miami fans won’t give him more than about 2 seasons to succeed. Then, there’s always the risk that he’ll want to fly off to another NFL job. Personality? Sure, he’s got one. But just how much is personality gonna matter for the ACC as a whole?

If he wins big, then you’ll have made your point. On the other hand, ANY COACH who wins big at Miami would be the same “manna” for a starving ACC.

Just remember: The manna stopped appearing once the Promised Land was reached.

PGAWife

December 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Just heard Gruden is there “hammering out” the details of his employment. I like “Chucky”, he has the perfect personality for the U.

carl spackler

December 1st, 2010
12:15 pm

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Urban Meyer is very, very

December 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

afraid of Chucky!

BirdsRsOaring

December 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

sorry Jeff, but Jimbo is going to be a big name coach, and CMR was a good coach, but he has the Bobby syndrome 40 years before bobby got it.
FSU and VT are better than any of the SEC teams not named Auburn…we are right there with Arky, Bama and LSU…What other team not named bama beat florida worse than we did? who cares about the sec…uga sucks..

Alex Smith

December 1st, 2010
12:17 pm

Gruden knows how to groom QBs for the NFL- my college coach, not so much.

carl spackler

December 1st, 2010
12:18 pm

Sorry, I prematurely hit a buttton. These internets are rather complicated. It remains to be seen rather or not Gruden could beat a Paul Johnson coached squad. Afterall, Johnson’s a genius…just ask him.

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
12:19 pm

Bob Didier Slept Here — I wouldn’t think Peterson would stay at Boise, either, but he’s had offers the last 2 years. He’s also got one more year with his quarterback. So who knows?

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
12:20 pm

Ted M — Thanks.

Jeff Schultz

December 1st, 2010
12:22 pm

StraightJacket — Thanks. I dunno. I think Gruden would be given more rope than Shannon. But he’d get everybody excited, that’s for sure … As for manna and Promised Land, let me go check my Torah and I’ll get back to you. What time’s the quiz?

IL Jacket

December 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

Gordon is right. It is the fans that generate the excitement and numbers. The SEC’s generally rural fan base has nothing else going on in their lives, so they channel through their adopted football team.

To The Teebox, please...

December 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

Though forgettable, you left out Dabo Swinney from Clemson. OR maybe you did that on purpose.

Andy in Blairsville

December 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

But you know what? Every ACC school should help pay Gruden’s salary to get him to Coral Gables.

WTF? Then every SEC school should help buy out Richt’s contract so UGA doesn’t go 6-6 next season.

Tim Jaskiewicz

December 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney doesn’t even appear in the “coaches who need a name tag at the convention” grouping, that says a lot.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:34 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
You know Peterson has North Gwinnett’s Mike Tamburo and that hot shot kid from San Ramon HS Southwick understudying Moore? I think Boise will be OK…

Caniac

December 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

Gruden would be good for the ACC. It would be about as big a splash a school could make that has the by product of helping the conference. Getting canned by Donna Shalala isn’t something to be concerned about afterall she was the Chancellor at Wisconsin, was in Pres. Clinton’s cabinet and has raised nearly $2 billion dollars for the University of Miami…..did you hear that? And she demands excellence in everything. She gave Randy a shot, and a lot of support, and while he improved the program, they couldn’t wait any longer for him to develop and figure out how to get it over the hump. Although, they lost two games they shouldn’t have in Virginia and USF and if Miami wins those two games, none of this transpires. The team improved in a lot ways, but still found ways to lose games rather than win them.

I am sure Shannon ends up a D-Coordinator soon as he is excellent at that. I keep thinking Georgia missed a real opportunity to get a proven DC and recruiter by a year now. Plus Richt knows Randy as they coached against each other when Richt was at FSU and they went on a trip together as Head Coaches to Iraq.

BTW, Miami looked at Leach last time and took a pass – no pun intended – so, there is no way that nutjob ends up at the U.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:38 pm

Oh yeah, I remember all of those crying that Boise would disappear once Dan Hawkins bolted for Boulder too!

tp

December 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

Hey Jeff: Would Mike Mularkey be a dark-horse candidate for the job? Isn’t he from the area, and didn’t he go to school there? I think he’d do a terrific job … though I certainly don’t want the Falcons to lose him.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

I am always right! I know things that nobody else does. My foresight is 20/20. Delicious!

IL Jacket

December 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

Caniac, thanks for the insight.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

@ Caniac…
Co-sign…
Funny at how people are still making Clinton administration cracks like it is still 1993…

I think Shannon would be smart to take another head coaching job… He needs to learn from his mistake and stop hiring other people’s mistakes (IE Nix)… Quality coordinators and a top flight recruiter who can get him to close the deal is essential for him!

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

I bet my life savings on Buster Douglas to knock out Mike Tyson. Delicious!

Steve Spurrier

December 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Can’t believe you left out Dablow Swindley. I put him on the map!

Chris

December 1st, 2010
12:49 pm

Gruden isn’t going to Miami….He is putting pressure on Dallas and Minnesota to let him know if they are interested. Also, why go to the ACC??? On Jan. 1st, Michigan can fire it’s coach for half what they would have to pay if they fire him now. When that happens, Les Miles will leave Baton Rouge and head north. If I am John Gruden, I would rather take the LSU program and be in the best conference in the land than Miami. OH…LSU will pay alot more that Miami too.

JSS

December 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
“I bet my life savings on Buster Douglas to knock out Mike Tyson. Delicious!”
You got another impostor rolling on here…
Be a man, step out of the shadows!

Hurricane Chuck

December 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

There is no way Gruden will land with the Canes!He is too busy trying to be the Next John Madden of the Broadcast World…………He is The Next Football Broadcast Legend……..In His Own Mind!

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