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UT AD Currie suspended; Fulmer announced as replacement

02 December, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Washington State coach Mike Leach watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado in Pullman Wash. A person with direct knowledge of the meeting says Leach met

The Tennessee Volunteers reportedly are turning their focus to Purdue's Jeff Brohm to fill their head coaching vacancy after Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy took himself out of the running.

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play).

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday, but the deal fell through due to backlash from fans and supporters. North Carolina State's Dave Doeren agreed to a new contract Thursday after speaking with Tennessee.

The College Football Hall of Fame banquet takes place in Manhattan next week and typically draws dozens of coaches and athletic administrators to the city, along with agents. The Vols were winless in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933.

After being ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the year, Tennessee went 4-8 to set a school record for losses. This news will disappoint the people in Fulmer's corner, though Currie's got his own Tennessee history. I've been a part of the University of Tennessee's athletics program when it has been at its best. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer's exit.

There is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed.

Phillip Fulmer is expected to be announced as the new athletic director at today's press conference. 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. Fulmer returned as an assistant coach in 1980 before being named head coach in 1992.

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