Monday, 11 December, 2017

Currie out as UT AD

Reports: Mike Leach offered University of Tennessee head coach position Report: Deal “Not Imminent” with Mike Leach
Elias Hubbard | 02 December, 2017, 00:59

Currie's first major move as the Volunteers AD came on November 12 when he fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones and took on the national search for a replacement.

This morning, he was reportedly meeting with the Tennessee brass to rehash their strategy; it was, unfortunately for him, a meeting that accomplished just that, giving him the boot and opening the position up for some lifetime Tennesseean like Phillip Fulmer to fill the slot. Worth reported on Twitter Thursday that Leach "is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee", and that "a deal could be announced Friday".

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

Dave Doeren declined an offer on Thursday, and officials met with Mike Leach.

University of Tennessee athletic director John Currie has been placed on leave with pay, the university announced Friday afternoon. He was 84-43 at Texas Tech before being fired after the 2009 season.

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.

Currie on Monday defended the coaching search and vetting of leading candidate Greg Schiano, a day after the Volunteers backed out of the hiring agreement following a public backlash and campus protests.

The outcry stemmed from Schiano's time on the staff at Penn State in the early 1990s, with fans expressing outrage with his alleged connection to convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky.

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

Schiano has denied the claim.

After being ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the year, Tennessee went 4-8 to set a school record for losses.

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