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Jon Gruden says he'll stay at ESPN instead of returning to the sideline in 2011

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 11, 2011
FILE - This Sept. 14, 2009, file photo, shows ESPN broadcaster Jon Gruden before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in Foxborough, Mass. Gruden is saying again that he's committed to staying at ESPN. Gruden says he's "very thankful" to have the job as an analyst on "Monday Night Football," and that he's sorry about all the speculation that's surrounded his future over the last few days. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Browns fans who hope Jon Gruden will coach their favorite team in 2011 could not have liked what they heard early Tuesday morning at the end of ESPN Radio's broadcast of the BCS National Championship game.

As the broadcast wound down, play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico asked Gruden if he would take one of the many coaching jobs for which he has been rumored to be a candidate. Gruden replied by saying, "No, heck no. I'll be back with you." Tirico then laughed and said he is tired of people asking him about Gruden's future.

Gruden, a Sandusky native and former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders, is often described as a potential candidate to become the next head coach of the Browns because of his ties with team president Mike Holmgren and the state of Ohio. But if Gruden sticks to what he said shortly after midnight, it won't happen.


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