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Tennessee Coaching Hot Board: 1.0

The Long Shots

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze

Freeze would be a tremendous hire for the Vols purely from a coaching standpoint. What he was able to accomplish at Ole Miss and is currently doing at Liberty is extremely impressive. Freeze would be interested in the job and would win, but can Tennessee bring him in after the fallout with Pruitt? It would be a surprising development considering the University will likely face punishment from the NCAA. Plus, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey may not even allow Freeze to come to Knoxville.

Louisiana head coach Billy Napier

It would be a stunning development if Napier were to have interest in the Tennessee job. He’s stayed put with the Ragin’ Cajuns, passing on Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and South Carolina the last two coaching cycles in an effort to hold out only for a sure thing. And the Vols are far from a sure thing right now.

Tennessee should still kick the tires on Napier. He’s done a tremendous job at Louisiana and there could be some interest on his part given he is from down the road in Cookeville. Napier is 21-4 in his past two seasons, which includes a win over an eventual top-1o Iowa State on the road.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell

Campbell is in the same conversation as Napier. He would be a grand slam hire and Tennessee should call him, but he’s not going to interested in the Vols. It’s as simple as that.

Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin

It’s hard not to link Kiffin to the Tennessee job given how he has rebounded from being left on the tarmac as USC’s head coach. Kiffin had a good run at FAU and is off to a great start at Ole Miss, so would UT be interested in bringing him back for a second tenure? It’s tough to see that taking place, but Kiffin would listen and be interested. But like Freeze, it’s hard to see Tennessee bringing in Kiffin with the way the situation with Pruitt went down.

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2 Responses

  1. After the way UT treats their coaches I don’t see anyone wanting to come here. They only give them any more than a few seasons to try to get the football program back to a winning program. This season shouldn’t even matter with a Pandemic raging and never knowing who was going to be able to play in the game.
    Pruitt denies these charges and I think it was not right the way they went about this issue.

  2. Tennessee board of directors have done it again,set the football program back another five to six years. They will be lucky to win two games next year three years. Firing coaches hurts recruiting and good top knotch players want to be on a winning team.

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