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.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.