Tennessee Extinguishes John Currie Dumpster Fire, Will Mike Leach Hire Be Finalized?

  • Tennessee Extinguishes John Currie Dumpster Fire, Will Mike Leach Hire Be Finalized?

Tennessee Extinguishes John Currie Dumpster Fire, Will Mike Leach Hire Be Finalized?

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on November 12, the day after they lost 50-17 at Missouri to fall to 0-6 in the SEC.

But as the deal with Schiano came together, Tennessee fans revolted.

Tennessee fired former coach Butch Jones on November 12 and the Volunteers reportedly offered the job to Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but then backed out of the deal due to backlash from Tennessee boosters and fans. That deal fell through amid a public backlash. In addition, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and NC State coach Dave Doeren were among many coaches to turn down the job. He was a Hall of Fame coach at Tennessee and is the second-winningest coach in program history.

After being ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the year, Tennessee went 4-8 to set a school record for losses. If he were to leave Purdue before December 5, Brohm would owe $5 million to the university, according to ESPN.

Hours after seemingly approaching the end of a long, winding and controversial coaching search, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department was upended again Friday morning.

"I am confident that Phillip understands our commitment to excellence in all of our athletic programs and I appreciate his willingness to serve during this critical time".

And to think it was less than a year ago that Currie's hiring was lauded as a "great call", "great hire", "the smart thing" and "a very good get". Tennessee has scheduled a Friday afternoon December 1, 2017, news conference and is expected to provide an update on what has been a tumultuous coaching search. The former Tennessee AD was prepared to hire Leach to become the Volunteers' coach, according to Brett McMurphy, but "university officials wouldn't allow him to do do". Fulmer returned as an assistant coach in 1980 before being named head coach in 1992. The part-time position pays Fulmer $100,000 annually and was seen as a way to unite a fan base divided over whether Fulmer should have been chosen as athletic director.