UT AD Currie suspended; Fulmer announced as replacement

UT AD Currie suspended; Fulmer announced as replacement

As of Thursday evening Tennessee had turned their attention to WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen's protege Mike Leach.

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play). A person with direct knowledge of the meeting says Leach met with Tennessee athletic director John Currie to discuss the Volunteers' coaching vacancy.

Last week, Tennessee came close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but Volunteer fans expressed their disdsain for that idea because of unconfirmed conjecture that Schiano may have known about Jerry Sandusky's abuse of boys while Schiano was an assistant at Penn State. That deal fell through amid a public backlash. There were reports of contact with Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm. We first have to find a coach who wants to be at Tennessee who appreciates the unique opportunity we have to offer at this very special place at this historical time and who is driven to win at the highest level of college football.




Currie just took over as Tennessee's athletic director in April after Dave Hart stepped down. I've been a part of the University of Tennessee's athletics program when it has been at its best. But even with Fulmer or whoever it is that ends up taking the job, the search for an actually good coach is not going to be an easy one, as has been proven repeatedly. As SI reported earlier this week, there is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed.

Hamilton forced out Fulmer as football coach in 2008. 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". 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.

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