Jon Gruden may be leaving the Monday Night Football broadcast booth, but not to return to the NFL.
Per Lake Lewis of Sports Journey Broadcast Network, Gruden will take over as head coach at the University of Miami. The deal, which is yet to be finalized, should be worth about $3 million per season.
Gruden’s name was rumored in virtually every head coaching vacancy in the NFL over the past two seasons.
The Canes ousted Randy Shannon following a disappointing 7-5 season and poor attendance.
The University gave Shannon a four-year contract extension prior to the season.
UPDATE II: Lewis is standing by his report and posted an update that the sides are closing in a deal worth a little more than was originally reported. (read more)
UPDATE I: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel backs Lewis’ initial report by saying the former NFL coach contacted the University to express his interest in the job.
A little background on Lake Lewis, whom I’ve received a number of emails about. Lewis is a former ESPN radio host in Florida. He founded the Sports Journey Broadcast Network and is a credentialed media member with the Washington Redskins.
Lewis, along with myself in interest of full disclosure, co-host two weekly Redskins player broadcasts with Phillip Daniels and Brandon Banks in addition to regular daily programming on the network.