KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — SEC Country has learned that Tennessee is ready to offer Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy its head coaching position.
Vols’ athletic director John Currie is ready to make a hire with the early signing period (Dec. 20) closing in, on the heels of Sunday’s embarrassing catch-and-release fiasco with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm are two other candidates Currie has vetted, but Gundy is a proven candidate Tennessee has had on its radar since approaching him in 2012 before hiring Butch Jones.
According to an Oklahoma State SB Nation report, the Vols could double Gundy’s salary.
Tennessee is willing to double Mike Gundy’s salary ($4.2M), according to multiple reports.
$8.4M would make Gundy the third-highest paid coach in CFB.
— CRFF (@CowboysRFF) November 28, 2017
Currie declined to use a search firm, and he has instead been consulting with the family of Vols booster Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee legend Peyton Manning, according to the source.
Vols Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer, now a paid advisor to the UT president, has not been consulted on the hirings beyond being asked to help define the key characteristics the next Tennessee head coach should have.
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