Welcome to day 19. This almost feels like groundhog day at this point. Once again, a new name has emerged in the Tennessee Volunteers coaching search. After being turned away all week, John Currie has reportedly turned his focus to Washington State’s Mike Leach. Let’s see how this one unfolds.
UPDATE: John Currie has been fired, per multiple reports. Sounds like he was the one that wanted Leach, so it appears we’re done here. Unreal.
Sources: John Currie was prepared to hire Mike Leach but university officials wouldn’t allow him to do so. Phillip Fulmer has been sabotaging search process in hopes to become Tennessee’s AD— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 1, 2017
UPDATE: Currie is indeed in Knoxville. He just had that reported meeting with Davenport.
Just saw @john_currie walk into UT Chancellor Davenport’s office at 9:08a. Was in there about 12min, walked out.— Michael Crowe (@MichaelReports) December 1, 2017
I chatted with him for a sec—he said “I can’t say anything to you just now” and got in the elevator @wbir
UPDATE: Then there’s this from Bruce Feldman.
Word is the meeting with Leach lasted a few hours and went "very well," SI has learned. And I’m told there would be genuine interest in the Vols job from the Wazzu head man. However this whole deal is complicated by the dynamic swirling around within UT’s leadership. We’ve heard from multiple sources there is a lot of in-fighting, finger-pointing and back-stabbing taking place amongst Tennessee brass.
UPDATE: Schlabach gives us the dreaded “no deal imminent” line. He offered further updates in his report.
Sources told Low that no deal was struck.
Sources told Low that Currie is scheduled to meet Friday with university officials, including chancellor Beverly Davenport, to discuss and reassess a search that has already coiled through a litany of candidates.
Leach flew back to Pullman, Washington on Thursday night, but sources close to Leach said he has definite interest in the Tennessee job.
Source: Leach, Vols meet; no deal imminent https://t.co/vLNqurgTX5— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 1, 2017
Late Thursday night: A Dallas reporter says Leach and Tennessee are working on a deal.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
We also had this from Saturdays Down South reporter Dan Harralson.
Mike Leach tells me tonight that “I'm on my way.” Leach interviewed for the Tennessee job today.— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) December 1, 2017
Thursday evening: Multiple reports say that John Currie was in fact in California (Los Angeles area) to interview Washington State head coach Mike Leach.