Vols "Working on Deal" with Mike Leach



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".

A deal to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano fell through after fan protest caused talks to break down.

Leach met with Currie on Thursday to discuss the Volunteers' coaching vacancy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting. Leach was the latest in a long list of candidates connected to Tennessee over the last week. Currie had also courted Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Duke's David Cutcliffe, NC State's Dave Doeren, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and new Florida coach Dan Mullen. He was a Hall of Fame coach at Tennessee and is the second-winningest coach in program history.

There is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed. The Vols were winless in Southeastern Conference competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933.

Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. People chanted "Fire Currie" on a handful of occasions Monday night during a wrestling show on campus and again Wednesday night during the Tennessee men's basketball team's victory over Mercer. Currie agreed to a five-year contract worth at least $900,000 annually.

The news was first reported Friday by the Tallahassee Democrat.

Reporting on Tennessee's meeting with Leach, Feldman wrote that things have been complicated, to put it mildly, by the mess in the Tennessee athletic department.

The university announced that former head football coach Phillip Fulmer will serve as acting athletic director.

It's unknown whether or not Fulmer will take over on a full-time or interim basis.



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