At the beginning of a teleconference to preview the Jets-Patriots Monday Night Football game on Thursday afternoon, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden made it clear he is committed to the television network through the 2011 season. Although he did not mention the Dallas Cowboys specifically, Gruden said he would not pursue college or professional coaching jobs this offseason.
"I’m committed to ESPN, there's not a lot to add," Gruden said. "I'm eager to get better at it, and there's been a lot of speculation the last few days, and for that, I'm sorry."
Gruden was referring to the University of Miami job, which he has been linked to in recent days. There also has been speculation that if Jerry Jones did not keep Jason Garrett, Gruden could be a primary candidate for the Cowboys job.
ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson echoed Gruden's sentiments, saying his contract runs through the 2011 season.
"I thought it'd be a good idea to clarify and reiterate his [Gruden] commitment to ESPN and Monday Night Football," Williamson said. "He has made a commitment to us, and won't be having any conversations to entertain a college or pro offer through the 2011 season."
Gruden has a year remaining on his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A source said he is not intrested in returning to the NFL until the Bucs have paid the money they owe him.
-- Staff and wire reports