Gruden in, Kornheiser out on MNF
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach
Gruden, who was fired Jan. 16 after seven seasons in Tampa Bay, will join
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I am very excited to be associated with ESPN and
Although Gruden, who led Tampa Bay to its first Super Bowl in 2003, received a contract extension through 2011 last year, the Bucs fired him after the team lost four straight games and missed the playoffs in 2008. However, Gruden has stated before he intends to coach again, which could make his arrangement with ESPN a short one.
Kornhesier, who will continue to appear on ESPN's
Kornheiser initially joined the team in attempt to recreate the three-man booth magic
On his departure, Kornheiser had this to say: "My fear of planes is legendary and sadly true. When I looked at the upcoming schedule it was the perfect storm that would've frequently moved me from the bus to the air. I kept looking at the schedule the past month and wanted to find a way to quietly extricate myself. If I could handpick a replacement of a football guy, I would cast a net and drag in Jon Gruden. He is the two things you most want -- smart and funny -- and has the two things I don't -- good hair and a tan."
Gruden, who worked as a guest analyst this year with the NFL Network during the draft and scouting combine, will make his