Jon Gruden silly season is here

Jon Gruden. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters file photo)

Jon Gruden. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters file photo)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 PM ET

The silly season in American football is officially here. In the pro and college ranks.

I don't mean conference championship games.

I don't mean when coaches and players of NFL teams that are doomed to miss the playoffs start spewing into every pointed microphone that ol' last-ditch bromide: "All we're concerned about is just getting better today. Nothing else."

I also don't mean talk that Notre Dame might actually beat Alabama in the national-championship game. Really, c'mawn.

Rather, I mean the time of year when Jon Gruden's name somehow gets magically attached to almost every newly vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, high-profile coaching job in both the NFL and U.S. college ranks.

It's become as much a part of the cultural fabric of the end of November as newly frozen garden dirt, bored ticket-office personnel at Buffalo Bills HQ, and NHL lockouts.

You could probably crash Google if you dared to dig up all the instances since the late 1990s when Gru


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