Tennessee football podcast: Why Vols need to be willing to spend more for big-name coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football has never been under more pressure to produce a strong hire than now.

The Vols suffered national humiliation after word leaked that athletic director John Currie was finalizing a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, only to have the fans revolt to the extent that the deal was killed off.

Tennessee ranks as one of the most valuable college football programs in the nation, but the Vols have not been willing to spend on their coaches or football program of late.

Butch Jones ranked as the No. 8 highest paid coach in the league even as he was guiding the program to its first back-to-back Top 25 finishes in nine years.

According to a Baton Rouge Advocate report, pet 2015-2016 data, Tennessee ranked only 8th in the league in expenses, as well.

It doesn’t seem to make much business sense to expect top 3 results in the SEC while spending the eighth amount of money into the product.

WNML’s Josh Ward and Mike Griffith discuss the coaching search, which this afternoon took another turn with the Vols’ ready to offer Mike Gundy their head coaching position according to an SEC Country report.

RELATED: Breaking news, Tennessee ready to offer Mike Gundy head coaching job

Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was another coach Tennessee has vetted, along with Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.

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