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Tracking Tennessee’s pursuit of Washington State head coach Mike Leach

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Another day, another name.

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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.

UPDATE: Currie is indeed in Knoxville. He just had that reported meeting with Davenport.

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.


Late Thursday night: A Dallas reporter says Leach and Tennessee are working on a deal.

We also had this from Saturdays Down South reporter Dan Harralson.

Thursday evening: Multiple reports say that John Currie was in fact in California (Los Angeles area) to interview Washington State head coach Mike Leach.