Should Phillip Fulmer be the permanent athletic director at Tennessee?

Rachel Hardy
December 2, 2017

Currie flew back earlier Friday to Knoxville after interviewing Washington State coach Mike Leach on Thursday in Los Angeles.

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. And according to Newy Scruggs, an NBC Sports radio host, Leach is "working on a deal" to become the next head coach at Tennessee. The Vols reportedly had a deal in place with the Ohio State defensive coordinator on Sunday morning, but it fell through by the end of the day after the university heard from the fan base, state representatives and local business owners.

Since the Schiano mess, Currie has reportedly pursued, and been rejected by, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, David Cutliffe, Dave Doeren, Jim Bob Cooter and others. Before Leach took over as head coach in 2012, the Cougars hadn't had a winning season since 2003 when they went 10-3.

A familiar face will be taking over the Tennessee Volunteer Athletic Department. The Vols were winless in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933. Currie agreed to a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually. I've been a part of the University of Tennessee's athletics program when it has been at its best.

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There is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer's exit.

Fulmer was announced by Davenport as "acting athletic director". Before coming to Kansas State, he worked at Tennessee for about a decade in various capacities, most recently as a chief deputy and adviser to former athletic director Mike Hamilton.

Fulmer said he had no timetable for the school's hiring of its next coach, nor does he have a list of candidates "because all of this has happened so fast".

Fulmer previously served as a special advisor to the Tennessee president before being hired as AD.

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