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NFL Network: Jon Gruden is top target for Louisville job

We've all heard it, but now a member of the national media is actually putting his name behind it.

The NFL Network's Michael Lombardi is reporting this evening that should U of L opt to part ways with head football coach Steve Kragthorpe, Jon Gruden is Tom Jurich's No. 1 choice to step in as his replacement.

The University of Louisville has pegged Jon Gruden as its No. 1 candidate should the school decide to fire coach Steve Kragthorpe, sources told NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi.

Gruden went 95-81 in 11 seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2001) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-08). He led the Bucs to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the Raiders in his first season after leaving Oakland and lasted seven years in Tampa Bay before he was fired.

Gruden has never been a college head coach, but he served as an assistant at Tennessee (1986-87), Southeast Missouri State (1988), Pacific (1989) and Pittsburgh (1991). And his brother, Jay, played quarterback at Louisville from 1985 to 1988.

I'm excited. Sue me, dump cold cater on me, take me out for a nice dinner. Whatever.