The Tennessee Volunteers are in pursuit of Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to take over for fired coach Butch Jones, but until Gundy says yes or no, the school needs to have backups in place just in case.
According to ESPN reporter Chris Low, one of those backup plans is a current SEC assistant and one of the Frank Broyles Award finalist.
Low says that in addition to reaching out to Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm, the Vols have also gotten in touch with Auburn DC Kevin Steele about the job:
Tennessee also has reached out to Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm and Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele about the Vols’ head-coaching job, multiple sources tell Low.
Obviously, Steele wouldn’t be a flashy hire if it gets to that point, but it wouldn’t be a bad hire. The Broyles Award is given annually to the best assistant coach in the country, and Steele is one of five finalists for it this year.
Vol Nation is hoping for Gundy, but AD John Currie is going to have plenty of backup plans ready in case that doesn’t come to fruition.