Gran interviews for Memphis job

Tennessee assistant coach Eddie Gran interviewed for the head coaching job at Memphis, a source close to the situation said.

Gran, who coaches tailbacks and special teams at UT, met with Memphis officials on Sunday.

Gran is considered one of UT's top recruiters, especially in South Florida.

Tommy West was fired by Memphis earlier this month after nine seasons.

Auburn assistant coach Trooper Taylor, LSU assistant coach Larry Porter and North Alabama head coach Terry Bowden are also thought to be candidates.

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CHS52VOL writes:

If the Tigers are seeking someone with head coaching experience, looks as if Terry Bowden may be a good fit. Would hate to lose Coach Gran, but good luck Coach.

OrangePride writes:

I think Gran is an outstanding coach. Unlike the previous post, I think special teams DID suck, but have made significant improvement under Gran's direction...........except that we have NO kickers of SEC quality. Lincoln has been a disaster and Cunningham not much better. That situation should change big time next year. Hate to lose Gran, but certainly have to wish him well if this is what he wants.

AllforTenn writes:

As much as Gran kept on Coach Kiffin to hire him, he shows little loyalty. Less than a year and he wants to go his own way. Of course it is a move up from assistant to head coach, even if it is Memphis, a dead-in-the water position.
What has he shown other than his South Florida connections? Special teams have been far from special.
Do the high pay assistant coaches have a monetary penalty for jumping ship?

SanFranciscoVol writes:

Dead program or not, $1 million a year is a pretty nice lure...

HallowedHill writes:

I hope Eddie stays with us - he's an excellent recruiter. I don't think Memphis is a good job for anyone but hear they are willing to throw a lot of money at someone.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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I agree Fulmer would be a great fit

DownTheField writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

As much as Gran kept on Coach Kiffin to hire him, he shows little loyalty. Less than a year and he wants to go his own way. Of course it is a move up from assistant to head coach, even if it is Memphis, a dead-in-the water position.
What has he shown other than his South Florida connections? Special teams have been far from special.
Do the high pay assistant coaches have a monetary penalty for jumping ship?

To the contrary, CEG seems to be an outstanding addition to this staff. He has also displayed amazing character as a family man- I am glad to know he is an influence on these athletes. I don't think he should be dubbed as disloyal just because he is trying to move forward in his career. I hope he stays here for many years- we are lucky to have him.

globadoc writes:

Holy cow - Trooper Taylor as a head coach in Memphis, which is one of the few places in the state where there is talent. Good fit! Also, Fulmer would be a good fit.

lomas98 writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

As much as Gran kept on Coach Kiffin to hire him, he shows little loyalty. Less than a year and he wants to go his own way. Of course it is a move up from assistant to head coach, even if it is Memphis, a dead-in-the water position.
What has he shown other than his South Florida connections? Special teams have been far from special.
Do the high pay assistant coaches have a monetary penalty for jumping ship?

No penalty for jumping ship except for lateral move. RB coach to head coach is a considerable promotion. As far as loyalty, he was with Tommy Tubberville for a long time. This staff is not the good ole boy network we had forever. They are not lifers here and I expect even Kiffin to be out of here in 5 years if he is successful for a possible NFL gig again.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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Oh Please Please. Not Phil. That job is made and waiting for U.M.

arlvol writes:

Gran will stock Memphis with 2 star south florida talent. Enjoy.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to lomas98:

No penalty for jumping ship except for lateral move. RB coach to head coach is a considerable promotion. As far as loyalty, he was with Tommy Tubberville for a long time. This staff is not the good ole boy network we had forever. They are not lifers here and I expect even Kiffin to be out of here in 5 years if he is successful for a possible NFL gig again.

If Kiffin is successful here I'll start wondering how long Pete Carroll will stick around at USC.

jsm67vol writes:

I think too many here are jumping to conclusions. The article says he interviewed, not that he was offered or is the leading candidate. If he is offered the job and takes it, best wishes to him. You can't blame a guy for interviewing for a job with a big raise. If nothing else, the interviewing process is good for him professionally. If offered and he declines then it's still an offer that goes on his resume for the future to show he has been considered for a HC position. I hope we don't lose CEG, but I agree with earlier post that with a staff like this, turnover is inevitable, especially after those 10+ win seasons we Vol fans long for. I just hope this process ends quickly one way or the other. This staff, players and program in general doesn't need more distractions. Go Vols! FINISH!!!!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

If Kiffin is successful here I'll start wondering how long Pete Carroll will stick around at USC.

Already wondering that. So Cal is not winning like it did when Kiffin was working for him. I don't think it is lack of talent. Carroll needs to get some new A. coaches soon. Or it'll be bye bye.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Memphis has never made football a priority. Furthermore, depending on the outcome of their new basketball coach, their AD, RC Johnson, is on the hotseat. He knew that Derrick Rose's SATs were under investigation by the NCAA, but he did not tell the new basketball coach about the situation; Josh Pastner did not know anything about Calipari's recruiting violations. If it were me, I'd take extreme caution in dealing with Memphis and RC Johnson. A better job will open up down the line.

cmoore7 writes:

Really hope we don't lose Gran.

jsm67vol writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Already wondering that. So Cal is not winning like it did when Kiffin was working for him. I don't think it is lack of talent. Carroll needs to get some new A. coaches soon. Or it'll be bye bye.

USC this year is what happens when you decide to go with a freshman at QB, Inconsistency. UT has been a stepping stone for a lot of coaches in the past and once Kiffin rights the ship at UT it will become so once again. The most you can hope for is to keep CLK, CEO around for many years and hopefully Monte enjoys being back in college ball and wants to keep coaching for more than the 3 yrs I initially expected we'd be able to keep him.

UTBEATEMALL writes:

I REALLY hope we don't lose Coach Gran, but he is very deserving of this opportunity.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

I think Gran is an outstanding coach. Unlike the previous post, I think special teams DID suck, but have made significant improvement under Gran's direction...........except that we have NO kickers of SEC quality. Lincoln has been a disaster and Cunningham not much better. That situation should change big time next year. Hate to lose Gran, but certainly have to wish him well if this is what he wants.

Agree orangepride.

Volunatic writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Kiffin and Orgeron definitely contributed to SoCal's success. VolinCalif never said Kiffin was the "architect" behind it.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Architect? Are you putting words in someone's mouth, gator? The head coach is the architect. Assistant coaches can be vital contributors to the overall design. Obviously, Kiffin and Sarkisian, among others, were just that.

Right now, USC's main problems appear to be 1) defense, and 2) freshman qb. I don't think Kiffin had anything to do with defense, though he might have helped recruit for the defense. Not sure about that.

Kiffin was the offenseive coordinator for some awsome offenses at USC, including two times in the NC game with one win. You gators never acknowledge that when you whine that he lacked qualifications for the UT job. But no matter how hard you try, you can never take that away from him.

chad_t31 writes:

I'm sorry but I do have a problem with him interviewing in the middle of the year. Especially for a career-suicide program like mempizz st. Most schools would wait until the season is over before interviewing candidates. But oh no, not the powerhouse tigger program. IMO, CEG focus should be on this team.

brokebackvol writes:

I agree that it WOULD be an opportunity for Fulmer, mostly cause he doesn't need the money and could prove what kind of coach he is without the pressure of ridiculous expectations. It's still a basketball school.

dwa7#337691 writes:

I have heard that Fulmer could go to any of the following..... Memphis, Virginia (strong chance), Cincy if the HC goes to bigger things, and even TCU if that opens up. Michigan is a long shot. I BET ON VIRGINIA!

givehim6 writes:

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As soon as I hear rumors of Grant interviewing for the job I thought this would be good for Phil. First Memphis would be about his speed. Twoa test to see if he really does want to coach again, or was he just running his mouth. But really hope Grant stays at UT we need his recruiting talents. And he is a pretty good RB coach, we will see about his ST coaching.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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No I didn't mean that at all. I only used Kiffin to reflect the previous time frame. SC was power house a few years ago. That has changed. They looked stocked with talent but aren't winning as they once did. Or, Calif and yes even Stanf. have taken them down every year. That is a lot like Vandy beating Al, Fl or Tenn. Pete will not last long if that keeps happening.

d_ray writes:

“Blacks or Black Americans make up 62.4% of Memphis's population.” Would it not be practical to bring in Black coach who can relate better with the local population? My vote would be Trooper Taylor. Although… if Trooper comes in, we will have a fight on our hands when they play us each year.

atlvolsfan writes:

The Memphis job is a HC Division-1 death row. If he actually wants the job, I wish him the best. Our coaching staff is full of A+ recruiters, so from that standpoint, I don't see us missing a step. Eddie, thanks for your services at UT with the exception of the "not so special" special teams. Good luck Eddie!

don4654 writes:

in response to chad_t31:

I'm sorry but I do have a problem with him interviewing in the middle of the year. Especially for a career-suicide program like mempizz st. Most schools would wait until the season is over before interviewing candidates. But oh no, not the powerhouse tigger program. IMO, CEG focus should be on this team.

Would you turn down an interview for a job that paid at least 3 times what you now make?I wouldn't and I doubt many others here would.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to RMFT987:

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Yes in a way you are right. But I think it was the staff leaving. SC had a great Coaching staff and they got hit just like UT will soon. A staff like SC had and UT has can't stay together in today's football mad world. Money will always buy what you want and need.

TommyJack writes:

I don't see it as disloyal.

b_neas writes:

morons - gran is NOT A SPECIAL TEAMS guru, he just took it because he was the only one with any experience at all. We desperately need him for the RB and recruiting jobs. Hardesty like a first day draftee and Gran is a huge reason for that. His recruiting is very very important, coach O and Lance Thompson recruit defense and Gran recruits offense. WE CAN NOT LOSE HIM.

d_ray writes:

If not Trooper Taylor going to the Memphis job, I still feel that it is not only time, but it would be smart for the AD to interview the top black coaches available. He would gain a lot of support from the local fans.

jcoop9909 writes:

Bowden will prob go to memphis(coaching experience)..I heard Fulmer could go to Virginia or Louisville?!

chad_t31 writes:

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DC,
I have no problem with what CLK did. Gonzalez never interviewed did he? My problem is with gran interviewing after a blowout loss. Tampering, as u call it, is one thing but I see nothing wrong with a coach who is "dedicated to the program he is at" saying "I'd rather talk after the season" or something of that nature. I mean c'mon, whoever mempizz st gets at this point, they could get in December or January.

chad_t31 writes:

in response to don4654:

Would you turn down an interview for a job that paid at least 3 times what you now make?I wouldn't and I doubt many others here would.

If I knew that job was in the tank, has never grown, never will grow, and shows no signs of supporting what I have to bring to their company, you're damn right I'd turn it down.

VolFan1012 writes:

Memphis is a coaching graveyard! The way West ripped the University after he left for the way they handle the athletic program (aside from basketball) is atrocious! The fact that they have to drive to a local high school to practice if it rains should tell you about the level of commitment they have for their program.

Stay here coach Gran! A better job will come open down the road.

tennezz writes:

I would hate to lose Gran, He has a lot of connections and is well respected in Florida by recruits. But if he does go I hope Kiff offers Trooper the job, We improved at every position he coached while he was here and he is an excellent recruiter!

the10sevol writes:

in response to chad_t31:

DC,
I have no problem with what CLK did. Gonzalez never interviewed did he? My problem is with gran interviewing after a blowout loss. Tampering, as u call it, is one thing but I see nothing wrong with a coach who is "dedicated to the program he is at" saying "I'd rather talk after the season" or something of that nature. I mean c'mon, whoever mempizz st gets at this point, they could get in December or January.

december or january hire would hurt their recruiting, imo.

here's a question - if you were making the hc hire at a d1 school, wouldn't you want a coach who has at least been a coordinator? at least they would have experience having other coaches reporting to them. very few position coaches have other coaches working under them.

here's an idea - mitch browning is an intern on our staff this season, but cannot come back in that capacity next season (from what i've been told). i think he was oc at minn when they produced lawrence marony and marion barber.

realistically, i see terry bowden taking it, but i'm guessing just like everybody else.

GBO

VolFanNC writes:

I am hoping we keep this staff at least 2 more years. Gran could stick around and probably end up as OC in another year...then hop to a bigger school in a better position then now.

volsfan74 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I don't see it as disloyal.

I agree with TJ how can you blame a guy for looking to progress his career? I think it says something for the quality of staff we have when they start getting interviews for Head Coaching jobs. Good luck Coach Gran and if you want the position I hope you get it.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to chad_t31:

If I knew that job was in the tank, has never grown, never will grow, and shows no signs of supporting what I have to bring to their company, you're damn right I'd turn it down.

Your wealth is a lot greater than mine ever was.

CuccessfulVol writes:

Anyone that thinks that Fulmer wants to go to Memphis is absolutely crazy. Would you want to be fired from the best program in the stae(and your alma mater) only to compete against them and your replacement at inferior school and FB program? Personally I think Trooper Taylor would be a good fit.

Homermoosevols writes:

Let's add another distraction for this team. Great!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to CuccessfulVol:

Anyone that thinks that Fulmer wants to go to Memphis is absolutely crazy. Would you want to be fired from the best program in the stae(and your alma mater) only to compete against them and your replacement at inferior school and FB program? Personally I think Trooper Taylor would be a good fit.

Yes I think so too. Some people just fit and Trooper fills that bill. I think he could turn that program around very quickly.

chad_t31 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Your wealth is a lot greater than mine ever was.

I'm not arguing the wealth concept. I'm arguing that the mempizz st job is an open grave waiting for it's next victim. Where are all the former st hcs? No one rode off into the sunset. They were fired and never heard from since then. CEG will have better opportunities in the future, but not in mempizz. He'd have no support. How will he recruit to mempizz?? No history, no facilities, etc. It's all about the roundball. I don't think wealth or lack of is a big concern to him right now. He's making pretty good money. You don't have to be that intellectual to see there is no future in mempizz football, period.

Ironcity writes:

Guys get use to this. If coach Kiffin is successful, schools from across the country will want to talk with our coaches. I can't blame a guy for wanting to be the boss and increase his salary by 400%. If it doesn't work out, he will have no problem getting back in with a major program. I hope Gran doesn't get the job but I look at this as a sign good things are happening on the hill.

Its been rare in recent years (Cutcliff is the only one I can think of) since anyone has really wanted one of our coaches for anything.

ZULU3 writes:

all of kiffin's assistant coaches are top of the line. none better anywhere.it would be a loss for ut if any asst. coach left.

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to AllforTenn:

As much as Gran kept on Coach Kiffin to hire him, he shows little loyalty. Less than a year and he wants to go his own way. Of course it is a move up from assistant to head coach, even if it is Memphis, a dead-in-the water position.
What has he shown other than his South Florida connections? Special teams have been far from special.
Do the high pay assistant coaches have a monetary penalty for jumping ship?

1 thing people seem to keep forgetting is that he is a pretty darn good RB's coach as well.

VOL03_NC writes:

No matter who gets the job, EG is not Head Coach material.

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