Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer: 'I will not serve as interim coach'

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer: 'I will not serve as interim coach'

Washington State football coach Mike Leach appears to nearing an agreement to take the reins at Tennessee, according to several reports night. Former Penn State staffer Mike McQueary, from his 2015 deposition, said fellow assistant coach Tom Bradley told McQueary that Schiano was aware of a child sexual abuse incident by Sandusky. The athletic director fired Butch Jones with two weeks to go in the regular season and thought he had his replacement on Sunday with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. That deal fell through amid a public backlash.

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. He was a Hall of Fame coach at Tennessee and is the second-winningest coach in program history. The Vols were winless in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933.

We've heard from multiple sources there is a lot of in-fighting, finger-pointing and back-stabbing taking place amongst Tennessee brass. According to terms of Currie's contract, the school would owe him $5.5 million if he is fired now without cause. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer's exit.

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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.

Fulmer was announced by Davenport as "acting athletic director". FootballScoop reported that Leach "seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position" and that the WSU coach "would accept the position if offered".

Fulmer previously served as a special advisor to the Tennessee president before being hired as AD.

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