First: no way it gets to the level of fever pitch as Gruden...no way. Period
Second: John Currie could have flat out said, "Gruden isn't coming", and most would have said, "SMOKESCREEN!!!".
Third: This isn't going to last long enough for it to build to that. Butch was fired on Nov 12, Schiano Sunday was Nov 26. That was 2 weeks for it to build and build and build and build; also, Gruden rumors started before Butch was even fired...hell, before he was even hired. I believe we have our new coach by Wed, at the latest.
But, I do believe Currie was laughing at us throughout.
We don't have the luxury of gambling on a coordinator. After Dooley, yes. After Butch, yes. After the third failed coach, no. Gotta be the Saban for Tennessee or we hit a mark that is Nebraska/Colorado-esque.
I also think that no matter if you are hiring a current coach or a coordinator, the gamble or risk is just about the same. Plenty of coaches who were hired from other head coaching jobs have failed miserably.