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Vols’ Coaching Search Changes Direction…Again

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Just hours after long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams reported that a deal was imminent with Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm to become the Vols’ next coach, Tennessee is reportedly moving on in their search.


According to ESPN’s Chris Low, Tennessee never reached a deal with Brohm and now the Vols have turned their attention to N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren.

As a head coach, Doeren has coached both Northern Illinois and N.C. State. He led the Huskies to a 12-1 record in his second and last season with them, including a berth in the Orange Bowl. He then took the job at N.C. State in 2013. The Wolfpack went 3-9 and 0-8 in the ACC in his first season, and he has helped them to a bowl game in every season since. But he’s yet to win more than eight games at N.C. State, something Butch Jones was infamously unable to do in the regular season with Tennessee.

Doeren’s best season with N.C. State was this year. The Wolfpack went 8-4 this season and 6-2 in conference play. They finished second in the Atlantic division, their best finish in the division since they finished second in 2010.

But Vol fans won’t like the fact that Doeren, much like Butch Jones, was considered to be on the hot seat heading into this season.

According to a list compiled by Sports Illustrated before the 2017 season began, Doeren had the seventh-hottest seat in college football. Four of the six coaches ahead of Doeren ended up getting fired from their jobs, and the coach directly behind him was too. That was Butch Jones, who came in at No. 8 on the list.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

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4 Responses

  1. Good, I didnt want Brohm as coach. Im glad he said NO. I personally like Doeren. But I’ll tell you what I think…..I think Currie is the problem. Currie is a nitwit and I think he should be let go. I miss the good ole days!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tennessee already has so much egg on its face. Just go ahead admit you made a mistake when Currie was hired. Fire him, hire David Blackburn like you should have when you had the chance… Get some people in here that have ties to Tennessee. People that care about the program. Let them make the coaching hire.

  3. Why is Mr, Currie so set on NOT getting a coach that dose not have ties with UT or the SEC. or a proven winning program. The players and fans wont a winner!

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