Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders

Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders

Jon Gruden will be named the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders at a press conference on Tuesday, according to league sources, with him leaving ESPN following the broadcast of Saturday night's wild-card game.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Paul Gutierrez reported Monday that the Raiders are expected to make Gruden their next head coach following the firing of Jack Del Rio.

The Raiders fired Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden, who has been out of coaching since being fired by Tampa Bay following the 2008 season.

Earlier this week, Gruden confirmed that he is indeed a candidate for the job.

The last time Gruden coached the Raiders was January 19, 2002 against the New England Patriots. After leading the Raiders to 8-8 records his first two years, Gruden helped the team reach the AFC title game following the 2000 season and got Oakland back into the playoffs the following season.

Oakland had previously traded Gruden to Tampa Bay for four draft picks after Gruden spent four seasons with the team. Speculation grew when the Tennessee Volunteers began their search for a head coach, and Gruden's former team in Tampa Bay had reportedly looked into hiring the Super Bowl-winning coach before retaining Dirk Koetter. Del Rio finished 25-23 record over the last three seasons with one playoff loss.

ESPN reported that Davis was in hot pursuit for Gruden with a persuasive offer that included an ownership stake in the Raiders. Overall, Gruden is 95-81 in 11 seasons.

Also joining Gruden's staff will be Dallas' Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

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