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Twitter revels in awkward banter between Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

Twitter revels in awkward banter between Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden

Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

Gruden hasn't coached since he went 9-7 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008, and he has served as a color analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football since 2009.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the organization will sign Gruden to a 10-year contract, the longest in National Football League history, that will be worth approximately $100 million dollars when it is made official.

In leading off the telecast of Saturday afternoon's wild-card game between the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough wasted no time revealing one of the worst-kept secrets in sports.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was sacked following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term.

There's no guarantee yet that Gruden and the Raiders will link up, 17 years after he led them to an AFC Championship Game and 15 years after he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII against Oakland.




A day before the Raiders fired Jack Del Rio, Adam Schefter filed a report that the Raiders were heavily pursuing Gruden.

"I've met with several people - I won't deny that", Gruden said. Gibbs stepped away following the 1992 season with three Super Bowl titles in his career. Shell went 2-14 that season and was sacked after one year.

Gruden, 54, is set to return to coaching after an absence of almost a decade.

This would not mark the first time the Raiders brought back a coach for a second stint.

Besides the emotional pull of coming back to the franchise where he made his name, there is cold logic behind the Raiders' pursuit of Gruden.

Gruden coached the Raiders between the 1998 and 2001 seasons.


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