Sources tell FootballScoop Tennessee AD John Currie has been working the phones and putting in the hours expected of a UT AD during a coaching search. This search has been referred to as “thorough” by more than one person in the profession to FootballScoop.
Before we get into the real stuff, we are reminded in accordance with Tennessee state law, in connection with any Tennessee coaching search we are required to mention Jon Gruden’s name somewhere prominently in the article. Jon Gruden was never a candidate for this job. That is all.
Now, for the update. While we have heard from sources throughout the week that Currie feels comfortable with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano if he needs to go there, the buzz in the profession the past 24 hours has been that Mike Leach seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position.
The expectation from those we’ve spoken with is that Leach would accept the position if offered. We can further add that sources tell FootballScoop Washington State officials have had internal discussions about their plans should Leach move on (in addition to Tennessee, Leach could be wind up being a target at other SEC schools as well). In the event they need to make a hire, sources tell FootballScoop Washington State would move without hesitation to promote defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to head coach.
Now, back on the Tennessee front, word has been shared that Dan Mullen reportedly headed out recently to meet with John Currie. It is unclear at this time if Tennessee funded that trip or if Jimmy Sexton did.
Tennessee and Ohio State play today and Washington State plays tonight. A Washington State win tonight would send Leach’s squad into the Pac-12 Championship and Ohio State has already punched their ticket for the Big Ten Championship. It is unclear it Tennessee would be able to secure either Leach or Schiano before those games.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest in the coaching profession.
Sunday November 26 update:
Sources: As the last 24 hours have evolved, Greg Schiano has emerged as the focus of Tennessee’s search. Vols have also been engaged with Mullen, who has been trying to wait out Florida.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 26, 2017