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Jon Gruden never seemed to even look in the Vols direction when they sought his favor.
What was the biggest problem with Tennessee's coaching search?
It targeted all the wrong people, allowing fans to believe for too long that certain coaches were in play when they really weren't.
Weeks before Derek Dooley was fired, Jon Gruden's name was most tossed around as the favorite among Vols fans to lead the team through the Pride of the Southland Band's "T" in 2013.
But not long after the search began officially, it became apparent that the former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst did not want the job, as much as the fans wanted him to have it.
At the time, Dave Hart's search had gone underground. Instead, he should have been making public statements regarding the Gruden situation. As a result, the "Grumors" were allowed to run out of control on Twitter and Facebook, as fans and media began to create their own stories to take the place of those that were not being communicated.
Many of those scenarios had Gruden accepting the job in exchange for vast amounts of money and even an ownership stake of the Cleveland Browns.
Gruden's agent eventually spoke out, revealing the Super Bowl-winning coach was not a candidate for the job. And in an even more damaging blow to the psyche of the faithful in Vol Nation, the agent went on to call the idea of his client taking the job "a fantasy."
There was certainly no harm in gauging Gruden's interest in the job. Hart would have been doing the university a disservice had he not sought out the coach. However, the mistake was made when the AD went underground rather than keeping fans up-to-date. As a result, their hopes got so high that no matter who else might be introduced, it would be a disappointment.