Golfer John Daly helps Arkansas with Coaching Search


Should Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announce on Monday that former NFL coach (Raiders and Buccaneers) and current Monday Night Football announcer Jon Gruden is the next leader for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team, Razorback Nation can thank John Daly for his help.

Daly from Dardanelle, Ark. and a former University of Arkansas golfer tweeted earlier in the week, “Been trying to help, all is in @JeffLongUA hands & I’ve passed all info to him–if that is the route they want to go I think that Gruden would be the perfect fit! Razorback fans would welcome Gruden with open arms! I know it’s a long shot but I live for Arkansas! #WPS #justgivehimacall

It may be a long shot seeing Gruden calling the Hogs as their next head football coach but, on paper, what a beautiful shot it would make!

Gruden was a quarterback at Dayton University before he got his feet wet as a graduate assistant in the SEC for University of Tennessee. After being a GA for the Vols from 1986-1987 he landed in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as the quarterback coach for Southeast Missouri State.

Gruden spent time at University of Pacific (1989) and University of Pittsburgh (1991) before becoming an offensive assistant under Mike Holmgren for the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.

Gruden is perhaps best known nationally as the color analyst for Monday Night Football, a position he has held since 2009. Fans of pro football remember Gruden getting revenge against his former Oakland Raiders employer Al Davis in Super Bowl XXXVII (2002) as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gruden has been mentioned as a candidate for other college football jobs since he left the Bucs in 2008, most notably Oregon and Miami in 2010.