Friday, November 23, 2007

Gruden is Not Harbaugh

Does a dui remove a coach from candidacy for the Michigan job? Bill Martin has said:

One of the things Martin will pursue is background checks on candidates. When Michigan was searching for a men's basketball coach last spring, Michigan hired a private firm to dig into coaches' histories.

"You want to see if they've had DUI's, or they're a deadbeat paying their bills or if there's anything that could be a pattern that would embarrass Michigan," Martin said.

Well, in Harbaugh's case, yes. Laughably, Harbaugh has removed himself from contention.

“As far as the opening they have, the Michigan people will do a great job in selecting someone to carry on that tradition,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not going to be me. I am happy where I am.”

According to a Buccaneer message board, Gruden also has a dui, along with several of his players:

This sort of thing seems like a Right of Passage for Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players and Staff. Just a few months ago former Bucs WR David Boston was issued a DUI as well. TE Jerramy Stevens has one under his belt, as does Head Coach Jon Gruden and QB Jeff Garcia. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to make light of this situation, it just seems like an issue, that has occured repeatedly and I'm sorry but its kind of laughable when it happens to players on a team that should know better by now.

At any rate, it will be interesting to see what type of punishment is handed down by the League or Bucs Organization, if any at all.

I'm betting a mistake is a mistake, and won't remove Gruden from consideration at least. At least I'm hoping so.