Peter King Says ESPN Will Be 'Miffed' If Gruden Leaves Booth


FAYETTEVILLE — The rumbling is growing louder in regard to Jon Gruden's willingness to leave his position at ESPN for a return to coaching.

If that happens, NFL analyst Peter King believes the network won't be happy.

King's said during an un-aired portion of an interview on "Pardon the Interruption" that ESPN would be "miffed" if Gruden did leave this year. The un-aired comments were discovered by Deadspin this morning and also can be found here at GoVolsXtra.com and here at Pro Football Talk. We've got them below as well:

"I think at some point Jon Gruden definitely will go back to a sideline. I think your bosses at ESPN would be miffed, to put it mildly, if that happened this year, for a very simple reason: They dumped Jaws (Ron Jaworski) out of the booth to give the booth totally to Gruden. And if he takes off this year, I think there would be a lot of dissatisfaction, naturally.

Gruden has been with ESPN since 2009 after spending 11 years as a head coach in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The coach is expected to have a list of suitors from NFL teams at the end of the 2012 season. Both Arkansas and Tennessee are among college programs who may have Gruden on their wish list of candidates even though he hasn't coached at that level since 1991, when he was a receivers coach at Pittsburgh.

We all know how much some Arkansas fans want Gruden in Fayetteville. So much they were willing to write a song about it.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau