Jon Gruden script turns up in Miami with familiar ending

Someone from Miami must have been rummaging around in the dumpster outside Tom Jurich’s office for his old notes.

Speculation surrounding the search for a new football coach at Miami is strikingly similar to that which occurred in Louisville in the weeks before Steve Kragthorpe got the axe at the University of Louisville last season.

Even including the list of coaching candidates, with Jon Gruden’s name at the top.

All of the “insiders” were saying that a deal with the former Tampa Bay coach was imminent. That all they had to do was dot the I’s and cross the T’s. Ultra highly placed sources saying it was  a done deal. Flights were being tracked, people were meeting over lunch, the moving vans were next.

Jon Gruden would be announced within a day or so.

Even Colin Cowherd, a syndicated sports talk host, was saying Gruden was the guy, proclaiming Gruden would be a “rock star recruiter” or words to that effect, that Miami would go something like 48-4 over the next four seasons. Cowherd again with his unimpeachable sources.

Gruden, like last year, was saying nothing and not confirming anything. That’s because Gruden knows he’s much better off being on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. He told the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday “I knew there was a lot of speculation over the last few days, and for that, I’m sorry.”

Now fans on the Miami sports forums are throwing around names like Tommy Tuberville and Mike Leach, in another rewrite of the Louisville script from 2009. Charlie Strong’s name has been mentioned more than a few times. The only name missing is Butch Jones at Cincinnati.

Louisville football tickets are finally in the mail


University of Louisville football tickets are in the mail, arriving in mailboxes all over town.

The long wait is about to end for fans eager to put the Steve Kragthorpe years behind them. Finally, in Charlie Strong a reason to anticipate an upcoming season.

Improvement. That’s what reasonable fans are expecting. Step by step, benefitting from mistakes, learning to win again. A slow grinding process over a long period of time.

Some, however, are wildly optimistic, predicting five, six, seven, even eight wins, and a possible bowl game.

Patience. There’s only so much one man can do, given what he inherited from the previous coaching regime.

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Frank Camp would have been in disbelief.

The late University of Louisville coach never saw the day when more than 7,000 fans would show up for a pre-season football event on Belknap Campus. But that’s how many showed up Sunday for Fan Day despite sweltering temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark.

Camp coached at U of L from 1946 to 1968, with a record of 116-98-2. He rarely saw crowds in excess of 3,000 at an actual game.

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The annual Louisville football posters have been obtainable for a while at various events, including the Eye Care Institute picnics. They’re pretty generic. No Brian Brohm or Michael Bush-type players to highlight, opting again to focus on the seniors. The posters are now widely available to the public at various Thornton’s and Rally’s locations about town. A full listing of the outlets is available at Card Chronicle.

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Remember Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach once speculated to be a candidate for the U of L job? He is joining the CBS broadcasting crew as a color analyst, according to ESPN.

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Marcus Campbell, a junior defensive end at UConn is out for the season with a torn ACL. A UConn blog said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Campbell has sprinter speed and was poised for a breakout year.