Hurricanes still interested in Jon Gruden

Updated: December 1, 2010, 1:41 PM ET
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Miami is still pursuing Jon Gruden for the Hurricanes' head-coaching job, which was vacated when Randy Shannon was fired Saturday.

A source close to the search said Tuesday night that Miami expects to speak with Gruden, who other Miami sources have indicated is still the Hurricanes' top choice. Gruden, a former NFL coach for the Bucs and Raiders and currently a broadcaster for ESPN's "Monday Night Football," issued a statement Sunday night: "I am committed to Monday Night Football and to ESPN. I enjoy working with Mike, Jaws and our entire crew and am just trying to get better at this job."

Miami has said it does not plan to confirm the names of any candidates until it makes a hire, and the university has not revealed a timetable for that move.

Miami fired Shannon on Saturday night, hours after the Hurricanes lost to South Florida in their regular-season finale. They fell to 7-5, still have yet to play for an Atlantic Coast Conference title and lured only 26,369 fans -- many of them rooting for the visitors -- to Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, the smallest home crowd since Larry Coker's last home game in 2006.

The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reported Sunday that Gruden is atop Miami's wish list to fill the position and that Gruden received "parameters" of an offer from the Hurricanes.

ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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