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Report: Manning “Wants to Coach His Alma Mater”


There’s been plenty of speculations about Peyton Manning’s future after he rode off into the sunset following his Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in February.

The latest rumor from Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman is sure to get some UT fans fired up. Freeman said in a column published on Wednesday on B/R that he continues to hear plenty of chatter about Manning’s desire to return to UT in a coaching capacity.

“I keep hearing that Peyton Manning wants to coach his alma mater,” Freeman wrote. “Over and over, I hear it from NFL people I trust. I don’t know if it’s accurate. It seems too neat and tidy to be true.”

That’s obviously far from a guarantee or even a prediction, but Freeman, a well-connected insider insists that he’s hearing the chatter.

Manning, during an interview on the Dan Patrick Show last September, said it would be “unlikely” that he would coach in the future, but that he would consider coaching quarterbacks at Tennessee. So piecing all that together, it’s way too early to say that this will ever happen, but it certainly seems to be more than just a complete dream for UT fans.

If it would happen, when it would happen and what exactly it would look like is anybody’s guess, but it’s clearly something that virtually every Tennessee fan would want to see.

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4 Responses

  1. I’d sell a fairly large piece of my soul to have the “Man”ning come home to Rocky Top.

    Hell, we’d have virtually every too-notch QB in the country vying to come to Knoxville. And, WE NEED HIM! Coach Jones upgraded the defense by bringing in Shoop and everyone knows the passing game is the only weak link on what could possibly be a championship team.

    I say, Bring the Man!!!

  2. This is a great idea. Peyton knows Vol history, with position coaches like George Cafego, a quarterback and number 1 NFL draft pick who returned to Tennessee and coached quarterbacks, running backs, linebackers and special teams at Tennessee for 30 years. He also coached a year with the Denver Broncos.

  3. Wish Peyton could get in there and work with Dobbs on this last year. I know Peyton can’t stay away from football I don’t think he wants to be a head coach but a qb coach would be perfect (remember he runs a qb/receiver camp). TN’S future is one thing…..on the up and up!

  4. Peyton would be a great member to the vols coaching staff . I had the great opportunity to meet him when I was a young football playing kid and he made time to talk to me and even signed a napkin I still have to this day . It was at a dinner at the boys and girls club if u wonder ‘ why a napkin’ -it was all I had lol. Great guy and am glad to be able to say he is a part of the vols and Tennessee period.

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