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Gruden denies he'll coach Vols, own part of Browns

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jon Gruden says he hasn't received an offer to coach the Tennessee Volunteers in a deal that would include becoming part owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Memphis television station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam -- brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Their father, Jim Haslam, played on Tennessee's 1951 national championship team and has donated millions of dollars to the university.

Gruden, a former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst, said Wednesday on ESPN's Mike & Mike In The Morning show that there is "no truth" to the report.

"I like what I'm doing," said Gruden, who was a graduate assistant with the Volunteers and whose wife Cindy is a former Tennessee cheerleader. "I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have, to be honest with you."

Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said the report was inaccurate. Tennessee is seeking to replace Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons. Volunteers athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton said the university would not discuss details of its coaching search.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 29, 2012 D4

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