- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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With the Jon Gruden frenzy running rampant across the state of Tennessee, the popular analyst for "Monday Night Football" said Wednesday he has not received an offer to coach Tennessee as a part of a deal that includes becoming part owner of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
According to a report by Memphis TV station WREG, Gruden was weighing an offer to coach the Vols that also would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam -- brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Their father, Jim, played on Tennessee's 1951 national championship team and is one of the Vols' most prominent and influential boosters.
Gruden, a former NFL coach, said Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike In The Morning" that there is "no truth" to the report. In past reports, Gruden has been linked to various NFL and college openings.
"I'm just excited about 'Monday Night Football' and getting ready for the Giants and the Redskins," Gruden said. "I don't have time to get into all that stuff. I like what I'm doing and I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have. Let's leave it at that."
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