Everything about Tennessee’s search for a new head coach has been a disaster up to this point, and on Friday, it cost AD John Currie his job.
The latest target in the search was Washington State coach Mike Leach, but the Vols have yet to sign him to a deal.
According to college football insider Brett McMurphy, Currie was ready to hire Leach until former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer stepped in and sabotaged the deal:
Sources: John Currie was prepared to hire Mike Leach but university officials wouldn’t allow him to do so. Phillip Fulmer has been sabotaging search process in hopes to become Tennessee’s AD
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 1, 2017
Fulmer wanted to be the Vols’ next athletic director when they hired Currie instead, so it is possible he is angling to land that job now that Currie has been fired.
So, for those keeping score at home, Tennessee now has no football coach, no athletic director, and a former coach who may be working behind the scenes to land the AD job.
Things are an absolute mess in Knoxville and it doesn’t look like it’ll get sorted out anytime soon.