After Tennessee fired athletic director John Currie Friday morning, a report detailing the timeline of his dismissal has surfaced.
According to Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, Currie and current Washington State coach Mike Leach met in California on Thursday night and ultimately agreed to a deal that would make Leach the next head coach in Knoxville.
However, Staples reports “someone at Tennessee—sources close to the negotiation will not say who—was displeased with Currie’s courtship of Leach. Shortly after a draft of a Memorandum of Understanding was sent to Tennessee’s general counsel on Thursday, Currie was ordered to return to Knoxville.”
And on Friday morning, a decision was made to dismiss Currie from his position.
“Before anything could be signed, Currie was called back to Knoxville to reassess a coaching search that has gone from bizarre to surreal,” Staples says. “Currie was fired Friday morning.”
Other reports Friday have indicated that former Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer has undermined and sabotaged Currie throughout the search process, which obviously did nothing to help his cause, especially amid the inability of the program to secure a deal with a new coach.
The fact that Currie was fired after reportedly coming to terms with Leach just marks the latest turn in this saga, as that agreement was praised considerably by fans and media online when it leaked, with the thinking that despite the drama, Tennessee had landed a very good coach for the job.
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