Tennessee is still looking for a head football coach. Now the Volunteers are looking for a new athletic director, too.
Tennessee reportedly fired athletic director John Currie on Friday amid a botched coaching search that has made the program a national punchline throughout the week.
Just filed to ESPN: Tennessee has parted ways with AD John Currie on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search. He met with university officials on Friday morning, and the decision was made then.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 1, 2017
Currie’s firing may be due to some internal arguing, according to Brett McMurphy, who reported former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer “sabotaged” the search process.
Sources: John Currie was prepared to hire Mike Leach but university officials wouldn’t allow him to do so. Phillip Fulmer has been sabotaging search process in hopes to become Tennessee’s AD
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 1, 2017
Tennessee’s mess started on Sunday after the school reportedly struck a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. However, hours later after backlash from fans, Tennessee pulled out of the deal with Schiano due to his ties to Penn State and the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Land of 10’s Austin Ward wrote about why Schiano deserved better from Tennessee earlier in the week.
In the days since the Schiano fiasco, Tennessee has been linked to Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, NC State’s Dave Doeren and Washington State’s Mike Leach, but the school has not come to a deal with any of them.
ESPN reporter Mitch Sherman contrasted the Vols’ coaching search to the one happening at Nebraska, which has gone quietly as most people expect the Huskers to announce a deal with UCF’s Scott Frost this weekend. Sherman said the “importance of leadership is on full full display at both schools.”
The situations at Tennessee and Nebraska, while galaxies apart today, aren’t all that different after disastrous seasons. We’ll learn next year (and in seasons beyond) the real impact of this week. But for now, the importance of leadership is on full display at both schools.
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) December 1, 2017
There wasn’t much leadership in the Vols’ athletic department earlier in the week — and there was literally none as of Friday morning.
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