KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has interest in SMU coach Chad Morris and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, according to a source with direct knowledge of the Vols’ coaching search.
The Vols didn’t plan to waste any time moving on from Mike Gundy after making “an aggressive offer” to the Oklahoma State coach on Tuesday night.
The source said Tennessee has not yet interviewed Morris, but Vols’ representatives placed calls to other prospective candidates to gauge interest even before Gundy turned down the offer last Tuesday night
Morris, 48, makes $2.095.793 in his third year leading the Mustangs’ program.
Morris is a Texas native and Texas A&M graduate who spent 16 years coaching in the high school ranks. He has improved SMU’s record each season, from 2-10 in 2015, to 5-7 in 2016 and 7-5 this season.
Brohm makes $3.333,333 and has a $15.844,445 buyout after one season coaching at Purdue.
The former Louisville quarterback and one-time Tennessee football recruit is 36-16 as a head coach, having led Western Kentucky to seasons of 8-5, 12-2 and 10-3.
Brohm won Conference USA titles with the Hilltoppers in 2015 and 2016 before being hired by the Boilermakers.
Currie is intent on getting the hire done quickly, and it has become evident that the Haslam Family — Tennessee’s flagship boosters — are prepared to provide the financial means to protect the Vols’ football pride.
Currie has pitched a $340 million renovation to Neyland Stadium since taking his position on April 1, but there have been questions about the use of the money, as Tennessee must consider directing its resources in areas more directly related to recruiting.
Indeed, Currie’s timetable is being pushed by the new early signing day which begins on Dec. 20.
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