Former NFL coach Jon Gruden is out of the running for the head-coaching job at Tennessee.
Gruden, currently an ESPN analyst, told the school to withdraw his name from consideration for the vacancy left when Derek Dooley was fired before the Volunteers’ final game this season, WNML-AM reported Friday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Gruden, who worked at Tennessee as a graduate assistant when he was starting in the business, said his family didn’t want to relocate there at this time, according to the report.
Tennessee apparently contacted Gruden late week, but no contract offer was made or serious discussions about financial considerations took place. A report earlier this week indicated that if Gruden took the job he would be offered a stake in the Cleveland Browns, now owned by Tennessee supporter Jimmy Haslam.
Among the favorites to land the job in odds released Thursday by Bovada.com are former North Carolina coach Butch Davis and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.
Dooley was fired Nov. 18 after posted a 15-21 in three seasons.