Jon Gruden Aug 29, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the Indiana Hoosiers officially announced that they were parting ways with head coach Tom Allen, firing him after eight years leading the program. And as the program searches for his replacement, it sounds like a rather surprising name has emerged as a potential candidate: former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.

As college football insider Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reports, Jon Gruden is “a big wildcard candidate” and he has “support from some key IU folks.”

“Among the Indiana coaching candidates to replace Tom Allen: South Alabama’s Kane Wommack, Bama OC Tommy Rees, Ohio State OL coach Justin Frye, and a big wildcard candidate who has support with some key IU folks: Jon Gruden,” Feldman wrote in a post on X, the social media website that was formerly know as Twitter.

It’s pretty shocking news that he could be considered for a college football opening, and the sports world had a lot to say about it on social media as a result.

Gruden most recently coached for the Las Vegas Raiders, but he resigned from his position in October of 2021 after news surfaced that he sent emails containing racist, misogynistic, and homophobic slurs.

We’ll have to see if Indiana decides to give him another chance at coaching.

[Bruce Feldman]