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    Report: Jon Gruden offered Arkansas Razorbacks' head coach job

    7:20 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - An offer has reportedly been made for a new head coach at the University of Arkansas.

    Sports writer Jim Harris says the university has offered Jon Gruden the head coach position for the Razorbacks football team.

    Gruden is currently with ESPN and serves as an analyst for Monday Night Football.

    Harris doesn't expect Gruden to take the offer, putting the odds at "one in 10 or even one in 20." He said Gruden may have shown a slight bit of interest and that "Arkansas is swinging for the fences and making an offer."

    Details concerning salary or length of time associated with the offer are not known at this time. Harris said, "All I was able to confirm and put out, after getting a third independent source, is that Arkansas has made that offer [to Gruden for the head coach position]."

    One of the reasons Harris thinks Gruden will turn down the offer is because of the lack of collegiate coaching experience he has. Prior to working for ESPN, Gruden was head coach for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    "He has no college experience to speak of," Harris said. "That's why I think, when it comes down to it, he'll decide the college game is not where he wants to be."

    But still, some Razorbacks are hoping Gruden decides this is the place for him. "He's got such a name recognition factor, which might correlate to much-improved recruiting," Harris said.

    There is no word on whether Gruden has responded to the offer. Harris expects a decision to be announced by this Friday's LSU game

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