The team called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon to introduce Gruden, who coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001.
Nothing's official, sure. But ESPN and plenty of other media outlets elsewhere are reporting Gruden, who has been on the air for ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts for nine years, has accepted a 10-year contract worth $100 million to coach the Raiders as the franchise moves from Oakland to Las Vegas.
Gruden began his head-coaching career in Oakland 20 years ago Monday, leading the Raiders for four seasons before spending seven as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach.
After attending the University of Dayton, Gruden got his first start in coaching in 1986 as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
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The Buccaneers went 12-4 in his first season and finished 57-55 with three playoff appearances in Gruden's seven seasons.
The team finishing in third place in the AFC West, again failing to qualify for the playoffs.
All this combined led to the firing of Del Rio at the conclusion of his third season and the fight to get Gruden. Shell's firing came after one year, and after the Raiders ended the season 2-14. While the quality of the Monday Night games for ESPN hasn't been that great, folks have tuned in to hear what a souring relationship sounded like in real time. Could he be the man to replace Gruden on ESPN?
It's official, Jon, even if the Raiders haven't yet issued a statement.