Leach meets with Tennessee AD about coaching job

Beth Cruz
December 2, 2017

Currie's ouster comes amid a true mess of a search for a head football coach, after he fired Butch Jones with two weeks left in the 2017 season.

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.

News of Leach's interest in the Tennessee job came just a day after Cougfan.com reported that a WSU recruit in Colorado had been assured by Leach in person that he was staying put.

In his head-coaching search, Currie also had discussions with Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Duke's David Cutcliffe, North Carolina State's Dave Doeren, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and Dan Mullen, who left Mississippi State to take Florida's job.

Fulmer was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. The Boilermakers (6-6) are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. This news will disappoint the people in Fulmer's corner, though Currie's got his own Tennessee history.

We've heard from multiple sources there is a lot of in-fighting, finger-pointing and back-stabbing taking place amongst Tennessee brass. Currie agreed to a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually. Especially with Tennessee being an SEC program.

There is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed.

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.

Hours after seemingly approaching the end of a long, winding and controversial coaching search, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department was upended again Friday morning. The former Tennessee AD was prepared to hire Leach to become the Volunteers' coach, according to Brett McMurphy, but "university officials wouldn't allow him to do do".

Fulmer said he had no timetable for the school's hiring of its next coach, nor does he have a list of candidates "because all of this has happened so fast". 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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