TSI Notes: Jon Gruden, Jim Harbaugh, and Mixing Things Up

Is John Gruden a fit for the Texas Longhorns or Dallas Cowboys?

Who’s the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns?

Could Jon Gruden possibly be the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns or is he just daring the Dallas Cowboys, and owner Jerry Jones, to call his bluff? That seems the beg the question lingering over AT&T Stadium the last few days as Gruden made it known that he would be “open to hearing from the Texas Longhorns.” Keep in mind, this was just Gruden saying he’d be interested in talking to the university about their vacant head coaching job, this was not Texas reciprocating by saying “yeah, we’d be interested in him as well.”

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports takes this one step further by throwing out some facts that people seem to forget about, especially those who would like to see him as their next head coach:

Those are five rather significant lines on the Jon Gruden résumé, but they’ve been overshadowed by some other lines on his résumé. He won 38 games in four seasons with the Raiders from 1998-2001. He won the Super Bowl with the Bucs in 2002.”

“And then in the six years after the Super Bowl, he went 45-51. Jon Gruden did. Before being fired in 2008. By the Bucs. Jon Gruden, we’re talking about. Yes, him.”

Doyel also mentions the fact that Gruden hasn’t coached in college for more than 25 years and, the last time he did, it was as a receivers coach at the University of Pacific. Why would Texas bring in a guy who has very little experience in recruiting and, not only that, very little experience recruiting at one of the biggest programs in college football? Gruden, to some, is a guy who only fits the NFL coaching lifestyle, not the guy who travels to this state or that state talking to recruits and their parents about coming to their school.

Where Gruden’s name also comes up is with the head coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys, a job most believe Gruden has been holding out for this entire time. Even Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, who was on with CBS Radio’s Shan Sheriff & RJ Choppy Friday morning, told them if or when Jason Garrett is fired, Gruden would be the guy who would end up replacing him.

The other guy who still continues to come up in connection with the head coaching job at Texas is current San Francisco 49ers’ head coach, Jim Harbaugh. While he continues to tell anyone who will listen that he has no interest in leaving the 49ers for the best college coaching job in the country, there are some apparent “unnamed sources” who are saying otherwise. When those particular “sources” were brought up to Harbaugh, his response was about as good as you could expect from any current coach. “I see unnamed sources related to many of these topics. And it’s my point that an unnamed source is hearsay. And in the court of public opinion, why would you give any of that credibility?”

Harbaugh can say what he want, but there’s no getting past the fact that he would be a tremendous fit as the next head coach of the Longhorns, especially with his background of turning around two different programs at the college level.

Will Masahiro Tanaka be posted?

The Texas Rangers might have to move on from the guy they really want, Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. It was believed he was going to be posted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles. However, that has apparently changed as most baseball insiders now expect Tanaka to remain in Japan, at least for one more year.

So where do the Rangers go from here if they don’t get the opportunity to chase Tanaka this offseason?

The name that continues to come up is outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Though it looked like the Rangers may have made a seven-year offer to the free agent, though that was contradicted just a few hours after the original report, Choo remains unsigned. With most of the big names, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran just to name a few, Choo seems to have fewer suitors than either he or his agent, Scott Boras, thought they might have at this point.

How long both are willing to wait this out is anyone’s guess. Texas seems to be the best fit for him especially the need the team has at the top of the lineup and the on base percentage Choo brings which would be attractive to any team that has the need the Rangers have at this point.

Will it take seven years and approximately $140 million to get the deal done? Will Choo actually end up in Texas? Stay tuned.

Let’s mix things up!

If you were with us in early November, you got to hang out at Mixed Up Burgers in Grand Prairie off interstate 360 and Avenue K as well as with Texas Rangers’ pitcher, Derek Holland. We will be back at Mixed Up Burgers on January 18th but this time we’ll be at the Grand Prairie Airport location off Great Southwest Pkwy just north of Mayfield. Everyone is welcome, especially kids. They’ll get to look out the glass windows and watch the planes land and they’ll also get another chance to hang out with Derek Holland as he makes his return to the show.

But he won’t be the only one that will be making an appearance that day. Here’s our confirmed guest list so far:

Chuck Morgan (voice of Rangers Ballpark)

Chuck Greenberg (former CEO of the Texas Rangers)

Erik Jorgensen (official DJ of the Dallas Cowboys)

There are two more names that we have not released yet but we should be able to give you those names the first week of January when we have them signed, sealed, and delivered. The plan, as of right now, is for our show to be on from 1-3pm that afternoon and then an informal, unscripted, Q&A with fans in attendance will take place from 3-4pm. This is your chance to ask questions you’ve always wanted answered and to do it in a small and intimate location to make you feel like you’re just having a conversation with your favorite people.

January 18th, Mixed Up Burgers, South Grand Prairie, 1-4pm. See you there!

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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