KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee football coaching search continues to speed down a bumpy road, leaving protests and high-profile rejections in its wake.
Vols athletic director John Currie appointed himself point man when the search became public on Nov. 12, the day he announced the firing of fifth-year head coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee’s pool of candidates appears to be dwindling, though Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher could still be a proven option for the right price.
The Vols have yet to demonstrate a desire to take on Texas A&M in a bidding war for the former national championship coach.
That leaves SMU’s Chad Morris, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as the latest names being discussed.
Hearing Duke’s David Cutcliffe say “No” to an interview and not landing Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy hurt Tennessee’s image almost as much as the Greg Schiano fiasco on Sunday.
Gundy has won just one Big 12 title in 13 years leading the Cowboys, and yet he didn’t feel a $7 million a year salary at a program that considers itself a title contender was lucrative enough to leave Stillwater for the mountains of East Tennessee.
It’s a reality check for Vols fans that, despite the program’s self-image as a top-10 operation, prospective coaches don’t necessarily feel the same.
Tennessee’s leadership is under pressure to produce results in this search, which now includes candidates that are less qualified and less accomplished than the coach that was just fired.
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss in today’s podcast how the Vols’ miserable 2017 season has carried over into what is fast becoming a debacle.
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