The White Whale has landed. Jon Gruden is headed to Oakland again as head coach of the Raiders. Following the firing of Jack Del Rio, Oakland’s coaching search saw signs of Tennessee’s with #Grumors spread about. But, Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed an earlier report from RaidersSnakePit.com’s Steve Corkan Friday afternoon that Gruden is officially taking the job.
Breaking: Jon Gruden will be introduced as the #Raiders head coach Tuesday, in a “splashy” news conference, I was informed by a team source.
— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) January 5, 2018
Raiders are calling a significant press conference for Tuesday at which time they will introduce Jon Gruden as their next head coach, as @CorkOnTheNFL reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2018
Knoxville has seen its fair share of Fake News and coaching search information turned wrong, but Schefter’s confirmation is almost as good as the Raiders or Gruden himself confirming the news.
Gruden has been on ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast since 2009, where he’s turned down (or at least hasn’t accepted) multiple attempts to court him. It wasn’t likely that ESPN was going to let anything slip until the move was official, and Schefter is as sure as anyone in the business at checking his sources before breaking news.
The move has been something of a worst-kept-secret in the business. Schefter said on SportsCenter Saturday night that a deal was all but done and that Gruden would be the Raiders’ next head coach, and Gruden mocked coworker Stephen A. Smith on the network’s Golic and Wingo show in response to Smith’s jabs at Gruden.
It was a fun ride. Gruden returns to the Raiders after compiling a 40-28 record and leading the Raiders from 8-8 to the AFC Championship in four years before his move to Tampa Bay.