While Tennessee is currently focused on landing Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy to be its next football coach, according to multiple reports, the Vols have some backup plans in place.
Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports confirmed the Gundy pursuit, but also added Purdue’s Jeff Brohm and N.C. State’s Dave Doeren as other names involved with the search. The Vols have reportedly set out to double Gundy’s salary to pay him $8.4 million per season.
Brohm is in his first season at Purdue.
Brohm came to the Boilermakers from Western Kentucky, where he went 30-10 overall, including a 19-5 Conference USA mark. Brohm had a standout career as a quarterback at Louisville from 1989-93. Purdue went 6-6 this season, 4-5 in the Big Ten. One highlight was a 35-3 victory at Missouri on Sept. 16.
Doeren is in his fifth season at N.C. State. He previously was the head coach at Northern Illinois and a defensive coordinator at Wisconsin.
Doeren is 33-30 with the Wolfpack, but this year’s 8-4 record is his best to date. The Wolfpack had a six-game winning streak that included wins over Florida State, Syracuse, Louisville and Pitt.
I’m told #Tennessee is pursuing #okstate’s Mike Gundy as GoPokes has reported. Sources also tells me the #Vols have reached out to #Purdue’s Jeff Brohm & #NCState’s Dave Doeren in their coaching search.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 28, 2017