BREAKING: Tennessee Fires Athletic Director John Currie

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    According to multiple reports, Tennessee has decided to fire athletic director John Currie.

    Currie was back in Knoxville in Friday to meet with University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport as was first reported by ESPN and FOX Sports. That meeting was scheduled for 9:00 AM Eastern, and then reports began filtering out not even an hour later that Currie had either been stripped of his powers or fired.

    According to Chynna Greene of WVLT in Knoxville, Currie has been fired.

    According to Trey Wallace of The Read Optional, Currie hasn’t been fired as of yet, but he’s at least been stripped of some of his powers as athletic director.

    Currie was hired as Tennessee’s AD back in late February of 2017. If reports are true, he will have been fired after only eight months on the job as UT’s athletic director.

    Tennessee has been in the middle of a search for a head coach for nearly three weeks. Currie wanted to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano this past Sunday, but Vol fans, politicians, and boosters rejected that hire. Since then, the Vols have courted David Cutcliffe, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, and Dave Doeren to no avail. Currie met with Mike Leach on Thursday, but no deal is imminent there either.

    UPDATE: According to long-time college football writer Brett McMurphy, former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has been “sabotaging” the search for a head coach behind Currie’s back.

    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.