ESPN: UT gauges Smith's, Gruden's interest

ESPN reported Sunday that Tennessee gauged the interest of Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith in its search to replace UT coach Phillip Fulmer.

Citing anonymous sources, the report said Smith, who coached defensive backs at UT 1993-94, was not interested in the job.

According to the same report, UT also put out feelers to Tampa Bay Buccanners head coach Jon Gruden, a former graduate assistant at Tennessee under Johnny Majors.

Gruden, who is among the NFL's highest-paid head coaches, said publicly last week that he was not interested in the Tennessee job.

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Comments » 82

volsnmtown writes:

unrealistic, who cares!

rusty_shackleford writes:

I'm glad ESPN is on the job.

VOLorado writes:

this is an update?

utfan15govols writes:

Actually I saw a web site that may have started this rumor, but there was a big list of coaches and his name was on there. Espn sometimes reaches tooo much to find a story. If someone posts it on the web, doesn't mean it is gospel. Oh, I also heard Bear Bryant will come out of the grave to coach the Vols now!

cainclifton23 writes:

I wouldnt mind having lovie smith,
He builds great defenses, and could bring in big time Coordinators.

and He would add to the lack of minoritie coaches :] lol

jbc writes:

UT is obviously a plumb position, but it would be a step down from where those two are now.

Now they are in NFL, they could move around to other NFL posts for rest of career.

murrayvol writes:

in response to jbc:

UT is obviously a plumb position, but it would be a step down from where those two are now.

Now they are in NFL, they could move around to other NFL posts for rest of career.

Actually I think we're about a half bubble off plumb right now but by most standards it is a plum posistion.

It is not, however, an easy job and we need a good fit from day one. Good luck Mike.

cainclifton23 writes:

I love when people on here act like they 100% know who we are and not gonna hire.. hahaha

like the first comment on here.

"Unrealistic" like this guy knows more than espn

BillsBrother writes:

If all they are looking for is someone to say, "yes", ask Coach Kippy! I'm confident the Detroit Lions staff will all be looking for jobs at the end of the season.

hippie60 writes:

Out of town this weekend ,did we loose to open date?

bluetick writes:

Seems nobody wants the job. :) Who comes up with the names to throw in the hat? It's not Hamilton surely. Does a committee do this? A board or something? I sure would like to see the long list and not just the short list so maybe we can see who they have in mind. It seems obvious we aren't going to get any on the short list. Clemson, ND and Auburn will swoop them up first.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Necessary smokescreen.

Probably real offer has been tendered to agent somewhere.

plattervol writes:

Look. Alabama found the coach they wanted, played with the figures until they found one he liked, then - BINGO - job filled. Saban "wasn't interested" in the Bama job, until they got the money right.

Like I said on one of the other boards, UT needs to find the coach they really want, then find the figure that gets him here. Everyone has their price!

garyfmtn writes:

Two words -- BRIAN KELLY

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to garyfmtn:

Two words -- BRIAN KELLY

One word.

Amen.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to hippie60:

Out of town this weekend ,did we loose to open date?

lost 3-0 in overtime.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Necessary smokescreen.

Probably real offer has been tendered to agent somewhere.

I agree.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

One word.

Amen.

another one word....gamble.

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to utfan15govols:

Actually I saw a web site that may have started this rumor, but there was a big list of coaches and his name was on there. Espn sometimes reaches tooo much to find a story. If someone posts it on the web, doesn't mean it is gospel. Oh, I also heard Bear Bryant will come out of the grave to coach the Vols now!

Bear Bryant died? I live in Alabama and I swear you wouldn't know it...

shoalcreekvol writes:

in response to hippie60:

Out of town this weekend ,did we loose to open date?

Since the announcement was made that JC will be the QB against Vandy, then yes, you could say we (the fans) lost during the bye week.

vtvol#210290 writes:

in response to blitzshoot:

lost 3-0 in overtime.

Tennessee got their chance to win the game on its subsequent possession but went four and out after the bye week team had already left the field. Coach Fulmer remarked that "Jonathan's passes were this close (holding his thumb and forefinger apart) to being complete. The line just couldn't give him the time to set for his throws. We knew that this was they way they were going to defend us so we were not surprised in the least. We're working like heck to make sure this doesn't happen next week."

pammyvol1000 writes:

Nobody wants us.. boo hoo!
Before it's over.. we'll be begging Phil back to his office.

allntl1#565211 writes:

An anonymous source that can be trusted due to inside sources stated that trustees were seen at cracker barrel discussing the job with Johnny Majors. BELIEVE IT!!!

LargeOrange writes:

Two words. "Beer Gut" I don't want another coach that is even a little fat. As soon as he loses a few games all of the 4th grade fat jokes will be back. The haters on here are not very bright, let's make them find something else to pick on and not just recycle the same old tired fat jokes.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to pammyvol1000:

Nobody wants us.. boo hoo!
Before it's over.. we'll be begging Phil back to his office.

I'll take a pass on that one..

fredricks writes:

What the 'H''E' double hockey sticks is this about?

blitzshoot writes:

in response to vtvol#210290:

Tennessee got their chance to win the game on its subsequent possession but went four and out after the bye week team had already left the field. Coach Fulmer remarked that "Jonathan's passes were this close (holding his thumb and forefinger apart) to being complete. The line just couldn't give him the time to set for his throws. We knew that this was they way they were going to defend us so we were not surprised in the least. We're working like heck to make sure this doesn't happen next week."

lol...there's always Vandy.
Try like heck

givehim6 writes:

TITANS 10-0! Anyway, noone wants the head coach job, too much pressure. Funny for a "dream job" but no body wants the job, Chavis will be the next head coach.

blitzshoot writes:

in response to givehim6:

TITANS 10-0! Anyway, noone wants the head coach job, too much pressure. Funny for a "dream job" but no body wants the job, Chavis will be the next head coach.

You are worng on two accounts.
1. Chavis will not be the next head coach.
2. Noone went to Stanford.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to pammyvol1000:

Nobody wants us.. boo hoo!
Before it's over.. we'll be begging Phil back to his office.

Cut back on the red wine, Ga girl.

You're off the scale on that one.

Merry Christmas.

VOLorado writes:

in response to garyfmtn:

Two words -- BRIAN KELLY

one word

OVERRATED!

7_Game_Maxims writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

One word.

Amen.

No word - Yuck

wyomingvol writes:

One name,,,,

Burt Reynolds.....

Jamey1210 writes:

Why not Charlie Strong? I like Muschamp considering he was the D-cord for LSU NC, Auburn NC kind of and Texas NC. He know's the recruiting grounds in the SEC and also rich texas. But if you look at Strong he has a very similar resume. D-Cord at ND under Lou Holtz (NC)Florida under spurier NC and Urban Myer (NC) oh yeah he has an in the recruiting rich Florida. Just my opinion on two great coaches. Plus it would be great to take a part of what makes our rival good.

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

Nothing these coaches say mean a darn thing until an offer is made. Hopefully the big dogs will offer big money to someone (LEACH) and give them an offer they can't refuse. If they are not serious about the state of Tennessee football (which is the life line of the University) and make an average offer ($2 million/year), then we will get average results (in a best case scenario). The results of an average contract to an average coach will be devastating. We will continue to get murdered by Saban and Meyer. These two coaches are evil and extremely talented with the best talent in the nation. If we paid a big name coach $5 million, we still could not recruit with Saban and Meyer. Mike Leach has 2 and 3 stars outplaying the 5 stars from Texas and Oklahoma.
P.S. Florida over Texas Tech in the National Championship

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

By the way, I like Charlie Strong too, if we can't buy Leach.

hotrodvol writes:

in response to hamsamrick#421285:

Nothing these coaches say mean a darn thing until an offer is made. Hopefully the big dogs will offer big money to someone (LEACH) and give them an offer they can't refuse. If they are not serious about the state of Tennessee football (which is the life line of the University) and make an average offer ($2 million/year), then we will get average results (in a best case scenario). The results of an average contract to an average coach will be devastating. We will continue to get murdered by Saban and Meyer. These two coaches are evil and extremely talented with the best talent in the nation. If we paid a big name coach $5 million, we still could not recruit with Saban and Meyer. Mike Leach has 2 and 3 stars outplaying the 5 stars from Texas and Oklahoma.
P.S. Florida over Texas Tech in the National Championship

Agree, 3mil. plus he would come.

KAvolsfan writes:

tech will lose next week

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

Why is Coleman not starting against Vandy? Nothing hurts like watching Crompton stumble around. I love Fulmer, but this decision along with the Wyoming game is proof that it is truly his time to step down.
On an optimistic note: How about Maze and Hopson? We will win the SEC regular season, SEC tournament and go very deep into the NCAA!

Jshoop writes:

in response to hamsamrick#421285:

Nothing these coaches say mean a darn thing until an offer is made. Hopefully the big dogs will offer big money to someone (LEACH) and give them an offer they can't refuse. If they are not serious about the state of Tennessee football (which is the life line of the University) and make an average offer ($2 million/year), then we will get average results (in a best case scenario). The results of an average contract to an average coach will be devastating. We will continue to get murdered by Saban and Meyer. These two coaches are evil and extremely talented with the best talent in the nation. If we paid a big name coach $5 million, we still could not recruit with Saban and Meyer. Mike Leach has 2 and 3 stars outplaying the 5 stars from Texas and Oklahoma.
P.S. Florida over Texas Tech in the National Championship

Texas Tech will lose next weekend in Norman and they are history. Alabama will lose to Florida in the SEC championship, if not before. Florida plays Texas or USC in the championship with Florida making it a 3 in a row for the SEC.

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

Gruden's "lack of interest" press conference was less than convincing.

hotrodvol writes:

in response to KAvolsfan:

tech will lose next week

50% chance you are right. But what if you are wrong? Does TT get your respect?

mattlock writes:

Call Jack Del Rio!!!!!

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

Texas Tech will probably lose at Oklahoma, but that doesn't change what we need. Texas Tech's season has nothing to do with Tennessee. We need offense worse than any team in the history of football. We have a 1960's offense (strong side and weak side). It is literally the worst offense I have ever seen in high school, college or the NFL.
If we got Bill Belichick for defense, we still could not stop Urban Meyer and his offense and their players with the leftovers we have to get these days. WE WILL NEVER RECRUIT LIKE WE DID IN THE 90'S EVER AGAIN. Those days are history. Leach might be able to turn a bunch of 2 and 3 Tennessee boys into winners (along with a few 4 stars from other states). No matter who we get, I really don't think we will steal players from Meyer and Saban. They will still get whoever they want!

hooverd283#563729 writes:

HAMILTON AND j MAJORS HAVE AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO STOCK GEORGE DICKEL AS THE MOUTH WASH FOR THE NEXT HEAD COACH.

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

KIFFIN LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE SISSY. Who couldn't recruit at USC? THIS AIN'T SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. And who couldn't win the PAC 10 with Carson Palmer/Matt Leinhart and Reggie Bush?

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

Fulmer is gone for being too nice, but he would stomp a mud hole in Kiffin right now. Mark Richt is the next to be on the hot seat for being too nice. He got murdered by Saban and Meyer worse than we did and he will again next year. Leach is not mean, but at least he can score without dominant recruiting. How the heck did he get Crabtree? GUARANTEED OFFENSE.

volmaniac22 writes:

the fact is that we need an nfl name. butch davis said himself that his short nfl experience benefits him greatly. also look at saban, carrol, etc. how come no one has mentioned the dolphins head coach?

garyfmtn writes:

Heard that Pete Carroll was in Knoxville Friday afernoon for an interview and a golf date with Haslam and Hamilton....This comes from a reliable source....

hamsamrick#421285 writes:

40 completions out of 50 attempts for 456 yards and 6 touchdowns. Graham Harrell's numbers last week against Oklahoma State in a 56-20 spanking.
But that was against Oklahoma State right? Not so fast my friend.
Oklahoma State's defense has given up only 20.6 points per game against everyone else this year (10 games).
But it was at Texas Tech right? Not so fast my friend.
Oklahoma State gave up only 28 points at then No. 3 Mizzu and 28 points at then No. 1 Texas.
Texas Tech only seats 53K. We would more than double that number.
Oklahoma better bring their 'A' game.

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