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Miami Coach Jon Gruden

Miami Coach Jon Gruden - All was quiet on the University of Miami coaching front Monday -- or at least it seemed that way in the midst of the Hurricanes' search to replace coach Randy Shannon.

The speculation has centered on ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, who won a Super Bowl in 2002 as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has not coached since he was fired after the 2008 season (other than as a volunteer at Tampa Carrollwood High, where his son, Deuce, is a junior quarterback).

Gruden brings the Wow! factor more than any other candidate, and some believe a deal is quietly brewing. But just in case they're dreaming, here are some other potential candidates (in no particular order):

• Dan Mullen -- Former Gators offensive coordinator and Tim Tebow mentor, who now coaches Mississippi State. Mullen -- a spread offense guy -- led the Bulldogs to an 8-4 record this season after a 5-7 inaugural season. He makes $1.2 million and is one of the hot young coaches, and knows this state for recruiting. He is expected to eventually go to a high-profile program, though those who cover him don't believe it will be UM. Matthew Stevens of The Starkville Daily News put a transcript on his blog of Mullen during a First Call radio interview Monday in Tupelo, Miss. ``I guess it's a good thing for myself and for MSU because it means we're winning,'' Mullen said, amid talk of teams targeting him as a candidate. ``Speculation only comes when you're winning. I think a lot of that stuff gets overblown. . . . I have not been approached by anybody at this point and my wife and I are very happy here at Mississippi State.

Miami Coach Jon Gruden


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