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Jon Gruden ‘preparing myself to come back’ to coaching but not in college

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Here’s one more name to cross off the speculation surrounding any top college football coaching vacancy that comes up: Jon Gruden.

The former NFL coach and current ESPN NFL analyst said he’s “preparing myself to come back” to coaching, but probably not at the college level, as reported by PewterReport.com, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers-centric website. Gruden, 53, lives in Tampa.

One reason? He wants more full-time contact with players – and that’s something that just doesn’t work under NCAA regulations.

“I was very determined to be a college coach,” he said, describing his plans after his exit from Tampa Bay. “Then I realized that if I became a college coach I would probably have you on probation within four or five weeks.”

He wasn’t finished, either.

“Too many rules, man. I mean I like to work,” Gruden said. “I don’t like to be working 15 hours a week with players. The recruiting, Facebook, texting, e-mails – all that stuff. Yeah, I’d probably have you in real deep, deep trouble if I was your college coach.”

After those comments, it’s a safe bet that Gruden won’t be a college coach.

Gruden, who won Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season while coaching the Buccaneers, has been out of coaching since being fired by the Bucs at the end of 2008. Since then, he’s worked in broadcasting with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” and also has done a few bowl games.

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