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Monte Kiffin: Gruden will be back on sidelines soon

Monte Kiffin says Jon Gruden will be back on the sidelines in the near future.

Kiffin, who served as Gruden’s defensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, spoke about Gruden on the Petros & Money Show.

He said, “He’s kind of a natural. He was always that way, great with the team. He loves talking ball. He’s loves talking ball, talking quarterbacks and all those things, analyzing the draft.”

“All of those owners are watching real close. And he’s probably going to get some offers in another year or so. And I think he has a son that’s a junior and maybe he wants to see him finish high school, but I think he’ll be back in it before too long.”

Kiffin also praised Tyron Smith, who was the highest drafted offensive lineman from USC since Tony Boselli.

“When he went to the combine, he knocked their socks off. Just when he went through the tests and stuff. Here’s the thing, he loves football. He doesn’t like it, he loves it. You gotta love it. He loves it and that’s what Lane told everybody.”

Kiffin, interestingly said that he stays at the Radisson on-campus a lot of nights during the season, but makes the traffic filled drive home on most nights during this time of year.

The Trojans begin the 2011 season by hosting Minnesota.