Leach meets with Tennessee AD about coaching job

Tennessee names Fulmer AD places Currie on paid leave

Reports: Mike Leach offered University of Tennessee head coach position

The University of Tennessee has acted swiftly to find a new athletic director to replace John Currie, reportedly hiring longtime head football coach Phillip Fulmer for the position.

The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, also wrote of the Los Angeles meeting, saying Leach was scheduled subsequently to fly back to Pullman.

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play). But if Tennessee has resorted to interviewing coaches who are known for the air raid offense it may make some Mountaineer fans a little uneasy, especially if Leach does not take the job. She says Fulmer will immediately take over the coaching search.

On Thursday evening, Leach reportedly told Dan Harralson, a Tennessee beat writer for Saturday Down South, that "I'm on my way (to Knoxville)". Leach went 3-9 in his first season before taking Washington State to a bowl game in his second season.

Tennessee fired former coach Butch Jones on November 12 and the Volunteers reportedly offered the job to Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but then backed out of the deal due to backlash from Tennessee boosters and fans.

WVLT-TV first reported Currie's departure. FootballScoop reported that Leach "seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position" and that the WSU coach "would accept the position if offered".

WBIR 10News reporter Michael Crowe met Currie as he left the meeting, asking what they had discussed.

Asked about the rumor, and if he expected to be back at WSU next season, Leach said, "Yeah, I do". But he was forced out after a 5-7 season in 2008, when Currie was a high-ranking Tennessee athletic department employee. This news will disappoint the people in Fulmer's corner, though Currie's got his own Tennessee history. Schiano has denied the claim. Previously, he coached 10 seasons at Texas Tech and went 84-43.

Reports linked Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm to Tennessee's vacancy, but both stayed with their respective teams.

Currie came to Tennessee earlier in 2017 from Kansas State.

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