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Rumors about a Manning homecoming and bringing back the Vols-Memphis rivalry in your Thursday links.

Peyton Manning, thinking about coming home to Knoxville, probably.
Peyton Manning, thinking about coming home to Knoxville, probably.
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  • Morning folks. Might as well get this one out of the way: according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Peyton Manning is interested in coaching at Tennessee:
    "I keep hearing that Peyton Manning wants to coach his alma mater. Over and over, I hear it from NFL people I trust. I don't know if it's accurate. It seems too neat and tidy to be true."
    It does indeed, Mike! Following this report, Butch Jones was asked about the possibility of a Manning homecoming, and sounded (politely) unenthused:
    "We talk all the time, and I think anything Peyton Manning does, he'll be successful. But coaching is a completely different animal than playing, as any great player would tell you.  

    But, again, I welcome him any time he wants to come in to Tennessee and spend time with our players. He's been great that way. He's been very willing to do that. We've been very fortunate and blessed to have him be a part of our teams, coming in and speaking to (them), and this year will be the same."

  • In other VFL news, former Vols and 49ers star Parys Haralson has returned to San Francisco to be that team's director of player engagement.

  • As you may have heard, former Kentucky basketball head coach Tubby Smith took over at Memphis  last month following Josh Pastner's departure for Georgia Tech, and according to Rick Barnes at yesterday's Memphis Big Orange Caravan, Tubby is open to resuming the annual Tennessee-Memphis matchup ended by Pastner.
    "We actually, in casual conversation, have had talks with Tubby Smith... I do know this: If it’s something that we can work out, I do believe that we'll work hard trying to work it out, because we both understand what it can mean — not just to each program, but to the state."

Happy Thursday!