Could Tennessee lure Mike Gundy away from Oklahoma State? That’s reportedly what the Vols are trying to do.
It was reported earlier that the Vols were focusing on Gundy in their search for a new coach. That was confirmed by Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports and Sports Illustrated on Tuesday afternoon.
However, Tennessee may be lining up other candidates in case the plan to hire Gundy falls through. Feldman also reported that the Vols have reached out to Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren.
I’m told #Tennessee is pursuing #okstate’s Mike Gundy as GoPokes has reported. Sources also tells me the #Vols have reached out to #Purdue’s Jeff Brohm & #NCState’s Dave Doeren in their coaching search.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 28, 2017
Gundy has been Oklahoma State’s head coach since 2005, but his ties to the Cowboys go back much further. He played for them from 1986-89, coached for them from 1991-95 and then returned to their coaching staff in 2001.
Brohm is in his first season at Purdue after spending the past three seasons as the head coach at Western Kentucky. He previously served as an assistant at Louisville, Florida Atlantic, Illinois and UAB.
Doeren has been the N.C. State head coach since 2013. He previously spent two years as the head coach at Northern Illinois. He also has served as an assistant at Kansas and Wisconsin, among other schools.
Not all people think there’s a strong chance of Gundy going to Tennessee. National college football reporter Brett McMurphy said he had two sources tell him different things — one said Gundy is serious about leaving Oklahoma State, while the other said he’s not. The source that told McMurphy that Gundy wouldn’t leave also said that “You might as well say [Nick] Saban is up for the Rice job.”
I’m told Mike Gundy scheduled to meet with Tennessee in Dallas today. One source says Gundy is serious about leaving Oklahoma State. Another isn’t: “You might as well say (Nick) Saban is up for the Rice job.” Stay tuned
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 28, 2017
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