Gruden could mean one and done for Kiffen

Speculation is growing that former Tampa Bay Buccaneer coach Jon Gruden may return to coaching soon, and this time he could be coaching in college. What college? Perhaps the Tennessee Volunteers.

CollegeFootballTalk.com speculated that Kiffen’s blunders could pave the way for a Gruden move to Knoxville sooner rather than later.

“With Lane Kiffin getting off to an embarrassing start in Knoxville, his margin for error likely will be fairly small,” CFT wrote. “With a losing season, he could face a storm of demands for his head — especially with Gruden lurking.”

It seems reasonable to postulate Kiffin’s comments have put the young coach on a very short leash. It is also reasonable to assume Gruden would be popular with Volunteer fans; his name was mentioned for the Tennessee job before the Buccaneer collapse. How bad Urban Meyer and other SEC coaches run up the score on the hapless Volunteers could contribute to Kiffin’s future more than previously thought.