Tennessee names Fulmer AD, places Currie on paid leave

Esther Moore
December 2, 2017

Chris Low of ESPN says that the school made its decision when it met with Currie Friday morning - "on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search".

Tennessee announced in June that Fulmer had been named a special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.

In 16 years as a head coach, Leach has compiled a 122-80 record at both Texas Tech and Washington State. Get the app and get the game. Since, Tennessee has reached out to a number of candidates about the job, but to no avail.

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.

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Tennessee reportedly had a deal in place with Schiano on Sunday morning, but it fell through by the end of the day after the university heard from the fan base, state representatives and local business owners.

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On Thursday evening, Leach reportedly told Dan Harralson, a Tennessee beat writer for Saturday Down South, that "I'm on my way (to Knoxville)".

But later Thursday night, ESPN reported that "no deal (is) imminent" between Leach and the Volunteers. All three of those coaches did not make the move to Knoxville.

Hamilton forced out Fulmer as football coach in 2008. So I guess the rumors are that I'm a pretty decent coach. "I appreciate and respect all of our supporters, alumni, fans, and student-athletes, and I deeply regret what we have gone through this past week", Davenport said. I don't even turn anything on, other than my phone.

News 2 wants to know what you think... It also doesn't hurt that Leach is hilarious and will be an entertaining addition to the SEC.

Currie's familiarity with Tennessee was seen as a selling point when he got hired. Under the third-year DC, the Cougars have made significant strides and are now ranked 15th in the FBS, allowing 313.6 yards per game. The Cougars were 9-3 this season and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country.

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