The Jon Gruden to Tennessee rumors have been running wild since Butch Jones was fired as Vols head coach last Sunday, and it appeared we may be some actual movement there on Saturday.

Many people tweeted that Gruden was having lunch with Vols legend Peyton Manning at Calhoun’s, a Knoxville BBQ restaurant located near Neyland Stadium. There were even tweets that Calhoun’s management confirmed that Gruden was at the restaurant.

There was a photo of Manning having lunch at Calhoun’s, with the Twitter user suggesting Gruden was also at the table.

And the Calhoun’s official account even retweeted some of these tweets about Gruden being at their restaurant.

Welp, on Saturday night, Calhoun’s backtracked on the Gruden rumors, and even released a statement on Twitter apologizing “for the misunderstanding.” Calhoun’s added that “it was never our intention to spread rumors.”

This statement is… something:

ESPN spokeperson Bill Hofheimer tweeted that Gruden was not in Knoxville, but rather Seattle to prepare for the Falcons-Seahawks game on Monday Night Football.

Seattle Times Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta also said Gruden was in Seattle, and even offered photo evidence.

So, barring an incredibly quick flight from Knoxville to Seattle on Saturday, Gruden was not having lunch with Peyton Manning at Calhoun’s.

Just another day in the world of Grumors.

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2 thoughts on “Tennessee BBQ restaurant apologizes on Twitter for spreading Jon Gruden rumors

  1. Gruden is going to back to the NFL. He’s going to sign for $30 million guaranteed for five years. Even if he get’s fired he could walk right back into the booth on CBS or Fox.

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