Gruden Watch: Will I Shave My Head Or Will Erin Andrews Sing Rocky Top?

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Jon Gruden fever has swept across the Volunteer state.

Right now when you go to — go ahead and click — it actually redirects you to the main University of Tennessee sports site.

The Gruden Fever — Gruver?–  has replaced the perpetual malaise of the Derek Dooley era, when the question has been the same for the past three years — when is Dooley going to get a signature win?

Vol fans were so desperate for a win to answer this question that they were even willing to consider on the road at Mississippi State a signature win.

Is UT Southern Miss now?

Anyway, I’ve been saying for a month now that Gruden would be Tennessee’s top target and that the Vols would make Gruden tell them no. I think those conversations will officially take place starting Monday if Derek Dooley loses at South Carolina. (If Dooley wins then assuming he manages to avoid disaster in the final four games of the season — no guarantee at all — the entire 2013 season will be a rehash of the 2012 season only Tennessee will have a worse football team).

Yesterday 3HL guest Erin Andrews, who absolutely kills it every Tuesday with us, came on and asked who Tennessee wanted as its next coach.

I said Jon Gruden.

Which Erin shot down in a heartbeat. “He has everything he wants at ESPN and Monday Night Football. They’ve carved out a whole thing for him where kids want to go sit down and be evaluated by him as a quarterback. He does not want to go to Knoxville, Tennessee.”

I suggested a wager and EA said, “I don’t know, it better be a good one because I’m going to clean up on this one.”

Later, she continued, “Come on, you’re nuts.”

This may be accurate.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Later she continued, “It is not going to happen…He could have gone to Notre Dame. They wanted him at Notre Dame. Michigan. He could have gone to lots of places. Why Tennessee now? Because of his wife?”

Later EA stuck the knife in farther: “You know what, that makes total sense, put it on Twitter now, he’s going there because his wife is a former cheerleader. That seals the deal.”

Eventually we agreed to a Jon Gruden wager.

If Gruden goes to the Vols Erin has to sing “Rocky Top” while wearing a Gruden to the Vols t-shirt at her own Super Bowl party. The video of her performance will then be posted to the Internet.

If Gruden doesn’t go to the Vols then I have to shave my head leaving the visible initials UF.

Honestly, I have a lot more to lose here. My hair is my only solid physical asset. Without hair I’m like Tom Green with less sex appeal.

Especially since EA taunted me by saying she was going to call Gruden and Mike Tirico to try and insider trade on our bet.

So who ya got, America’s favorite former sideline reporter or me?

Okay, all of you picked EA.

Even my wife.

When I got home after making the bet, my wife said, “You’re going to look even more ridiculous without hair.”

You can listen to the entire interview here.

In the meantime, EA better be working on her singing voice. And renting that Taylor Swift hair blower. Because these pre-schoolers in Korea are going to be tough to beat.

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

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Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.