Gruden, who reportedly has agreed to a 10-year contract worth an estimated $100 million, responded by basically saying it's not a done deal before quickly deflecting to the game at hand.
The announcement was made about 90 minutes after Gruden worked as the analyst on ESPN's coverage of the AFC playoff game at Kansas City between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans. Gruden will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday.
McDonough signed off by bidding farewell to Gruden and wishing him luck with the Raiders.
The Oakland Raiders announced their decision to hire Gruden via social media and on Twitter.
Gruden began his head-coaching career in Oakland 20 years ago Monday, leading the Raiders for four seasons before spending seven as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach. His Buccaneers beat the Raiders 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII.
With Gruden's impending return to the Silver & Black sidelines, it seems like the flawless time to take a look back at one of the most famous (infamous?) trades in Raiders history.
The Raiders were in need of a coach after they chose to part ways with Jack Del Rio.
The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following the end of a disappointing six-win season. For ESPN, Gruden was present for the 2010 Rose Bowl and 2010 BCS National Championship game for ESPN radio.
Last Wednesday, Gruden appeared on "Golic and Wingo" to talk about his future.to answer the obvious question: Is he going to be the Raiders' next coach?
"There's a great legacy on 'Monday Night Football, ' " McDonough said.