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Jon Gruden reportedly linked to Tennessee, Arkansas

We told you a few weeks back about reports that Jon Gruden was eyeing a potential return to coaching. He should have options in the college game.

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday that Arkansas and Tennessee both want to hire Gruden. Arkansas reportedly is ready to make its next coach the highest-paid in the Southeastern Conference. We'd still be surprised if the Razorbacks could nab Gruden.

Tennessee is a more logical fit because Gruden's wife went to school there, and there are signs he could be eyeing a college return. Gruden reportedly has been calling potential staff members with the focus on asking questions about recruiting and other issues that wouldn't make sense if he was looking at a return to the NFL.

In short: Gruden is trying to keep his options open. A return to the NFL and ESPN also seems possible, but there is more smoke than ever surrounding a potential return to the sideline.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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