A list of possible candidates for job

Tim Brewster

Current status: Second year at Minnesota (8-13)

Age: 48

Alma Mater: Illinois

Background: New Jersey native was tight end and captain of Illinois 1984 Rose Bowl team. Got his coaching start under Mack Brown at UNC and Texas. Moved to NFL and helped develop Antonio Gates in San Diego. Coached for Denver for two years before landing University of Minnesota job in 2007. First team went 1-11, but the Gophers are 7-2 this year. Reputation as tough recruiter. One son is junior-college quarterback, another is freshman DB at Texas.

Butch Davis

Current status: Second year at North Carolina (10-10)

Age: 57 as of Nov. 17.

Alma Mater: Arkansas

Background: Oklahoma native suffered career-ending injury early in Arkansas career. First college job was assistant at Oklahoma State. Spent five years with Jimmy Johnson at Dallas Cowboys, the last two as defensive coordinator. Left for University of Miami in 1995, where he went 51-20 in six seasons, including 11-1 in 2000. Head coach Cleveland Browns from 2001-04 (24-35). Hired to turn North Carolina around in November, 2006. Went 4-8 first year and Tar Heels are 6-2 in 2008.

Jim Grobe

Current status: Eighth year at Wake Forest (51-42)

Age: 56

Alma Mater: Virginia

Background: Played defense at Virginia. Was 33-33-1 in six years at Ohio University before going to Wake Forest in 2001. Led the Deacons to 2006 ACC title and won ACC and Associated Press national coach of the year honors.

Jon Gruden

Current status: Seventh year with Tampa Bay Bucs (54-51)

Age: 45

Alma Mater: Dayton

Background: Ohio native’s first college job was grad assistant at Tennessee in 1986-87. Later worked for 49ers and Packers before becoming offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Was Oakland Raiders head coach 1998-2001 (38-26) before he went to Tampa Bay in 2002. Won Super Bowl in his first season. Wife Cindy is from East Tennessee and attended UT.

Brian Kelly

Current status: Third year at Cincinnati (17-5)

Age: 47

Alma Mater: Assumption

Background: Massachusetts native was linebacker at Assumption. Went 118-35-2 in 13 seasons as head coach at Grand Valley State (NCAA Division II) in Michigan. Then was 19-16 at Central Michigan, including 9-4 in 2006. Hired at Cincinnati to replace Mark Dantonio in time for 2006 International Bowl, then went 10-2 in first full season with Bearcats.

Lane Kiffin

Current status: Fired by Oakland Raiders on Sept.30 with 5-15 record.

Age: 33

Alma Mater: Fresno State

Background: Joined Pete Carroll’s staff at Southern Cal in 2001 and was offensive coordinator in 2005-06. The ‘05 Trojans averaged 49.1 points a game. Hired at 32 to coach Raiders. Son of college and NFL coach Monte Kiffin. Graduated from high school in Bloomington, Minn. Kiffin was also recruiting coordinator at Southern Cal, which had three consecutive classes ranked No. 1. Reported to be candidate for University of Washington vacancy. Brother Chris is assistant coach at Ole Miss.

Mike Leach

Current status: Ninth year at Texas Tech (74-37)

Age: 47

Alma Mater: Brigham Young.

Background: Born in California, grew up in Wyoming. Influenced by BYU passing game. Was offensive coordinator at Valdosta State and Kentucky for Hal Mumme; also OC at Oklahoma 1999. Did not play football in college. Has a law degree from Pepperdine.

Will Muschamp

Current status: Defensive coordinator at Texas

Age: 37

Alma Mater: Georgia

Background: Georgia native played for the Bulldogs 1991-94. Was defensive coordinator at LSU 2001-04 for Nick Saban. Followed Saban to the Dolphins in 2005, then left to be Auburn’s DC in 2006-07 before moving on to Texas. Rumored to be candidate for Clemson job and for possible Auburn vacancy if Tommy Tuberville leaves.

Gary Patterson

Current status: Ninth year at TCU (71-26)

Age: 48

Alma Mater: Kansas State

Background: Kansas native got his first head coaching job at Texas Christian in 2000 after two years as defensive coordinator, replacing Dennis Franchione. Horned Frogs are 9-1 and on way to a fifth 10-win season under Patterson. Reportedly turned down Minnesota offer in 2007 to stay at TCU. Has been mentioned in Clemson search.

Chris Peterson

Current status: Third year Boise State (31-3)

Age: 44

Alma Mater: UC-Davis

Background: California native has western ties other than 1992 season on University of Pittsburgh staff. Was QB coach at Portland State and receivers coach at Oregon prior to becoming offensive coordinator at Boise State in 2001. Succeeded Dan Hawkins in 2006 and led the Broncos to 13-0 season that year, topped by Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma. Boise is undefeated again this year.

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Phowell23 writes:

Great list of potential UT coaches. Let's go get a good one.

hotrodvol writes:

They saved the best for last.

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

Bill Cowher??? a daughter @ UT HELLO?????????

OrangeMandM writes:

in response to Kosmo:

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I would like to see Gundy at least get a chance. At least we would get Troop back...

drone#208075 writes:

gruden's house hunting

indianacurly writes:

no poop rebelsfball, give him a 5-spot a year and sit back and enjoy it ... does it hurt to ask?

woodwr#217203 writes:

It will be Brian Kelley...... or in a stunner Kevin Steele!

Feared_Mustang_Package writes:

Jim Grobe? Govolsxtra.com is now in comedy writing?

CT_VOL writes:

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Yeah, and bring Trooper back home too!

Frank

Hucklebuckle writes:

Jim Harbaugh for HC!!!
....No seriously

Smallmike4pres writes:

Peterson is a scientologist, so count him out. He's a hell of a coach, but that just won't fly in east TN. Here's a vote for Davis, he is the only one that has proven he could match Saban & Meyer in recruiting. Kiffin wouldn't be bad either.

BGVOL writes:

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Whatever keep dreaming he was a decent OC he cannt even get a head coaching job he appied at Tennessee Tech and at some small school in NC and look hes still at KY plus he will be the OC at KY when Phillips get that head coaching job..

Laydbakvol writes:

UT doesn't deserve CPF and Mike Hamilton has no balls. To cave under the pressure of a few hundred spoiled, cry baby fans and spoiled rich boosters and not come out and support the man who does a lot more for the University than shows up on the football field is a complete crock. What do we do now? Wait 3 years to rebuild the program while the man who was in the best position to rebuild it has been shamed out the job?

Hoss44 writes:

Jim Grobe LOL!!!!!!!!!!!HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHA

indianacurly writes:

cowher - why not ask?
gundy/taylor - and since he takes no interest in defense, maybe chief sticks around until he grooms his new lb coach - al f'in wilson - to take over
my namesake - shows players, literally, how to bleed
kelley or graham - ok
kiffin - not so sure
leach - can we tear bleachers out of the student section and pass 'em down if he comes?

flstf writes:

in response to Laydbakvol:

UT doesn't deserve CPF and Mike Hamilton has no balls. To cave under the pressure of a few hundred spoiled, cry baby fans and spoiled rich boosters and not come out and support the man who does a lot more for the University than shows up on the football field is a complete crock. What do we do now? Wait 3 years to rebuild the program while the man who was in the best position to rebuild it has been shamed out the job?

Exactly. Sorriest bunch of fans I have had the displeasure of being associated with in the last 30 yrs.

feathersax writes:

in response to Laydbakvol:

UT doesn't deserve CPF and Mike Hamilton has no balls. To cave under the pressure of a few hundred spoiled, cry baby fans and spoiled rich boosters and not come out and support the man who does a lot more for the University than shows up on the football field is a complete crock. What do we do now? Wait 3 years to rebuild the program while the man who was in the best position to rebuild it has been shamed out the job?

bake some cookies

indianacurly writes:

hiresanders, don't be such a lazy a55 that you copy and paste the same vile phooey on every story

feathersax writes:

in response to flstf:

Exactly. Sorriest bunch of fans I have had the displeasure of being associated with in the last 30 yrs.

John Ward said it best 10 years ago: "IT'S TIME". Now we really miss THE VOICE, but Coach Fulmer just didn't have it anymore. So have one of LadyVol's cookies & wash it down with Oversheep kool-aid.

Hoss44 writes:

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indianacurly writes:

why would clawson leave? he's not really calling the plays this year either ;) sorry, i had to do it.

voltan writes:

I was hoping to see the name Paul Johnson Navy coach on this list. He has won big everywhere he has been. Experience rebuilding programs on JC, AA, and now A ball. Sorry I cant keep up with new names of divisions. And how about Pat Hill at Fresno State. I would rather keep Fulmer than most of the names mentioned on this list. By the way we should all pay respect for what Fulmer has done for TN.. The expectations of todays fans would not be what they are without Fulmer. Ironic that is what cost him his job. I just hope we get it right the first time, how many coaches did AL go through to get to Saban.

paden312#514997 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Why would a smart person choose to promote the OC of a team that is ranked near the bottom of EVERY offensive stat in the nation as the HEAD COACH of a MAJOR football team?? I say go after a big named NFL coach by the name of BILL COWHER as a first option...then go after the Boise State HC.

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

ok if Cowher wont work..how this for a tandem... MUSCHAMP & TAYLOR.. wow can you imagine the intensity..whew the only coaches more passionate about football than UT fans..

wmainhotrods writes:

Peyton Manning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

glenncandrews#217154 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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You didn't even mention being sodomized by two very mediocre ACC teams, Clemson and Maryland, in bowl games. You are too polite.

paden312#514997 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Part of the perks mentioned when Fulmer discussed his hiring of Clawson was his ability to adapt an offensive scheme to the players on the team. It was said that he would find a way to get the ball into the play makers' hands. Did he live up to any of those perks??? UMM NO!!! If you would like to research my comments, you can probably find them on this site.

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

in response to indianacurly:

no poop rebelsfball, give him a 5-spot a year and sit back and enjoy it ... does it hurt to ask?

no it dosent we cant be any worse off than we are right now we dont even have a coach... if he says no.. oh well.. if he says yes..picture yourself hitting it big in Vegas... but i am assuming he will say no.

So my vote goes to Trooper Taylor for OC and Will Muschamp for HC..

tenuscvol writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Let it go man....

Hope you feel better...

Thanks for many great memories coach...

GoVols!

gotnmann1#216421 writes:

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Might as well stop dreaming about Gundy...there is no way in hell he will ever leave OSU unless he is cast off like Coach Fulmer. Boone Pickens pockets are deep and he is at his former school coaching and an Okie all his life...be more realistic and expect at least 2 more years of sad days in East Tn

paden312#514997 writes:

The time is for him to go on...Part of this process is to find someone that has NO (ZERO) ties to Phil Fulmer. We need a clean slate with someone that can contend with Les, Urban, Richt, Spurrier, and who ever else wants to step foot in Neyland stadium. We need to bring some toughness back to this team that has been lost over the last few years. A toughness that doesn't get steamrolled by EVERY team they play. If anything I agree with the guy that said Trooper and Muschamp. The only thing is, I'm not so sure Chavis gets replaced.

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

and yes Cowher does have ties to UT His daughter attends UT..

west_tn_volfan writes:

Chris Peterson at Boise should be the pick. Who else listed has a record as good as his? He is innovative and his teams play with intensity and they play smart. Those are signs of excellent coaching.

volsfan33 writes:

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what are you smoking??? Clawson got Fulmer fired and you want him to be coach... your joking right?

orangecountry21 writes:

Butch Davis
Mr. Tulsa Coach
Chris Peterson
Jon Gruden
Mike Leach
Eric Berry

jdcdjc#246285 writes:

Of all that is listed above, Will Muschamp would be the one that could do the job. Someone is going to get him and they will have a pearl as in Bruce. Will could rebuild this thing.

ArmyVol writes:

Sarah Palin

volcycle writes:

Clawson has proven himself time and again. He's been our OC for what... 8 months. It takes time to understand a new system and players to fit the system. I know you're going to say it worked at UF, but the only reason it worked at UF is because they had a seasoned QB to fall back on and a another QB that fit the system in Tebow. We did not. Fulmer saw that we needed a new system that's why he hired Clawson. If Clawson is allowed to stay he will prove his worth. This years recruits are proof of his reputation.

rusty_shackleford writes:

Same list of guys that have been listed here for two months. Ho hum. Give us something provocative to read about.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Ahem, Paul Johnson took a full-fletched mess, ala 2008 Vols, at GT and is currently 7-2!

Hello, this man took Navy to a bowl and his offense rushed for 288 yards vs Fla State Saturday.

Next!

mgdchvol writes:

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You sir, are a complete idiot!

Rebelsfball2008 writes:

also Chavis would be a consideration....for as long as i can remember Chavis has run a tight ship...and i can see no reason to fire him or @ lest not let him get his shot... b/C we would be loosing on of the best DC's around.. and his defensive record proves that..

carpentermike5#409005 writes:

in response to Laydbakvol:

UT doesn't deserve CPF and Mike Hamilton has no balls. To cave under the pressure of a few hundred spoiled, cry baby fans and spoiled rich boosters and not come out and support the man who does a lot more for the University than shows up on the football field is a complete crock. What do we do now? Wait 3 years to rebuild the program while the man who was in the best position to rebuild it has been shamed out the job?

The fans that get personal and call him names, yes, they are sorry fans that dont deserve to wear the orange. It killed me to watch Fulmer today. I know he loves UT, we all do, but its just time. Since 2001 its been a steady decline... we have the 9 &10 win seasons, but when you lose to UF, BAMA, UGA all the time.. u cant keep up. We already lose key recruits to them year in and year out. I wish Fulmer could be the guy, but its clear we need to go in a different direction. I salute Phillip Fulmer and appreciate all hes done.. i hope he stays with us, but understand if he leaves. All UT fans should feel the same, be curtious, be thankful, and appreciate all hes done for us. Go Vols.

vtvol#210290 writes:

Patterson is the man! Stout defense and strong running game. He's fiery--will give the ones that need a swift kick in the posterior.

voltan writes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Pe... This site says Chris Peterson will be our new coach. It says Peterson's agent has leaked that he will replace Fulmer.

DingoVol writes:

I don't understand the outpouring of love for Muschamp. Last I checked, Texas hasn't stopped anyone on defense. Tennessee does not need a first timer as a head coach. If Texas' Defense was putting up Zeros, I could get excited, but they just aren't that good at stopping anyone.
Lane Kiffin is the best choice. He has head coaching experience with the Weirdo in Oakland, but he has also been successful as OC and in recruiting. We could get his Dad to take over the defense.

JeepJeep writes:

in response to Rebelsfball2008:

and yes Cowher does have ties to UT His daughter attends UT..

I'm all for Cowher, but which daughter goes to UT?

AlphaVol writes:

Here's what Wickapedia says about Lane Kiffin:

"In 2005, USC head coach Pete Carroll selected Kiffin to replace Norm Chow as offensive coordinator. Despite being new to the role, Lane Kiffin helped guide USC to a 23-3 win-loss record during his tenure in this capacity (an 88% win percentage). During the previous four years under Norm Chow’s play calling, the Trojans achieved 41 wins and 9 losses (82%). Under Kiffin in 2005 the USC offense produced school records in virtually every dimension, averaging 49.1 points and 579 yards per game. USC’s potent offense that season became the first in NCAA history to have a 3,000 yard passer (Matt Leinart), two 1,000 yard rushers (Reggie Bush & LenDale White), and a 1,000 yard receiver (Dwayne Jarrett). Steve Smith fell a few yards short of also surpassing 1,000 yards in receiving. With an all new offensive cast at the skill positions and in what was generally viewed as a rebuilding year for USC the offensive totals fell off to 30.5 point, and 391 yards per game, and 11 wins overall, he was promoted to offensive and recruiting coordinator while continuing as the wide receivers coach. In Kiffin’s three years as recruiting coordinator at USC, the Trojans had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in college football every year. Under Kiffin leadership in 2006, the Trojans finished first in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency by averaging 142.8 yards per game, produced two, 1,000-yard receivers - Dwayne Jarrett (1,105) and Steve Smith (1,083) - and a 3,000-yard passer John David Booty, with 3,347 yards."

...This should be who we hire!

utchris writes:

Butch Davis and his agent (same as Fulmers) have already said that he will ot leave UNC.

Clawson supposedly has had 10 or more NFL offers already should he be fired with the rest of them. That is how much he scheme is respected. We shall see what happens with him.

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