Jon Gruden has, once again, used his role on Monday Night Football to send a bit of ‘love’ towards the University of Tennessee football program. While speaking with Houston Texans’ star defensive lineman J.J. Watt in a pre-game interview, Gruden used video footage from a Tennessee practice to demonstrate new quarterback drills influenced by Watt’s play.
It was a minor detail that most would have missed, but you can rest assured that Tennessee’s coaching staff was aware of the move and will feature it along the recruiting trail in coming months. Butch Jones also received a mention from Jon Gruden during the second quarter of the game when Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown threw a touchdown pass. Brown played for Jones at Central Michigan.
The footage aired roughly twenty minutes before the actual game began, so the numbers weren’t as high as the following would seem to indicate, but in case you were wondering what the average viewership of Monday Night Football is, here’s a look at last week’s ratings from TV By The Numbers:
“The game averaged an 8.2 household US rating, 9,535,000 households and 13,122,000 viewers (P2+), according to Nielsen. It peaked from 9:15-9:30 p.m. with a 9.2 rating and 14,678,000 viewers.”
— VolRumorMill (@VolRumorMill) October 20, 2014