Tennessee fires AD John Currie

Tennessee AD John Currie

According to Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, Currie and current Washington State coach Mike Leach met in California on Thursday night and ultimately agreed to a deal that would make Leach the next head coach in Knoxville.

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on November 12, the day after they lost 50-17 at Missouri to fall to 0-6 in the SEC. 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".

Last week, Tennessee came close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but Volunteer fans expressed their disdsain for that idea because of unconfirmed conjecture that Schiano may have known about Jerry Sandusky's abuse of boys while Schiano was an assistant at Penn State.

Since the Schiano mess, Currie has reportedly pursued, and been rejected by, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, David Cutliffe, Dave Doeren, Jim Bob Cooter and others.

The College Football Hall of Fame banquet takes place in Manhattan next week and typically draws dozens of coaches and athletic administrators to the city, along with agents. Jones had a 34-27 record in five seasons at Tennessee. The Boilermakers (6-6) are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. If he were to leave Purdue before December 5, Brohm would owe $5 million to the university, according to ESPN.

At his introductory news conference, Currie boldly said that Tennessee "can and should be the very best athletics program in the country". Currie was named Tennessee's AD in February of this year.

Currie was hired from Kansas State University in March. But even with Fulmer or whoever it is that ends up taking the job, the search for an actually good coach is not going to be an easy one, as has been proven repeatedly. The part-time position pays Fulmer $100,000 annually and was seen as a way to unite a fan base divided over whether Fulmer should have been chosen as athletic director.

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