By Josh Ward
The Grumors took an odd turn on Saturday night.
Shortly before Tennessee was set to kickoff against LSU at Neyland Stadium, word started to travel on social media that Jon Gruden was in town and had eaten dinner with Peyton Manning at Calhoun’s on the River. The restaurant even confirmed the news.
The only problem is Gruden was never at Calhoun’s on Saturday. That’s because he’s in Seattle.
Here’s the full twitter play-by-play of what unfolded Saturday night as the Vols were preparing to play against LSU:
6:18: John Pennington of The Sports Source passes along word from Calhoun’s that Gruden was at the restaurant.
— The Sports Source (@SportsSourceTV) November 18, 2017
6:51: A manager at Calhoun’s confirms to Patrick Murray that, yes, Gruden was there earlier in the evening.
My college roommate is a manager at Calhoun's on the river. He confirms Gruden and Manning were there tonight.
— Patrick Murray (@PatMurrayWBIR) November 18, 2017
7:23: Not so fast my friend. Calhoun’s informs Pennington that Gruden might not have been there.
ALERT: Just got a call form @calhouns… now they’re being told it might NOT have been #Gruden with #Manning. Apparently their staff has conflicting views of whether it was or was not Chucky. Will share when they say more!
— The Sports Source (@SportsSourceTV) November 19, 2017
7:28: Copper Cellar COO Bart Fricks issues a statement apologizing for “the storm” that was created.
I received erroneous info that Gruden was in Calhoun’s. the response to this has been overwhelming and shows the fan interest in UT football. that’s why we’re proud to be associated with the program. I apologize to created such a storm. Thanks and go Vols
— bart fricks (@BCFricks) November 19, 2017
8:00: Calhoun’s issues a statement from its twitter account apologizing.
We’d like to take a moment to clear things up as well as apologize. We got excited- like everyone. Please read: pic.twitter.com/AIyVvmppKC
— Calhoun's 🐷🏆 (@calhouns) November 19, 2017
8:10: Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times confirms Jon Gruden was in Seattle earlier in the day.
Jon Gruden was at the Seahawks' facility in Renton today preparing for Monday's Seahawks-Atlanta telecast. https://t.co/VHNurRHCPM
— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) November 19, 2017
8:22 Bill Hofheimer from ESPN’s public relations department confirmed Gruden’s whereabouts.
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) November 19, 2017
And thus concludes another odd twist to the neverending Grumors.
It’s a shame, too. Gruden missed out on what would have been a great meal.