January 19, 2009
Jon Gruden's office in Tampa was still warm when the abruptly fired Bucs coach was floated as a candidate this weekend to take over at Notre Dame:
... one of my Bucs peeps tells me that the word around the Bucs is that Gruden could be going to Notre Dame to replace Charlie Weis. Sounds a little farfetched, but as the theory goes: The school will buy out Weis as soon as he signs his recruiting class, in two or three weeks, and hire Gruden. Heard from someone close to the Notre Dame program that there's a weird vibe around the football offices.
Gruden went to high school in South Bend, where his dad was an assistant coach for ND under Dan Devine, but an NFL lifer returning to campus so soon after Notre Dame's vote of confidence in Weis seems unlikely, to say the least -- although not necessarily impossible, if you consider the odds ...