Vols may be in hot pursuit of Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp photographed in March 2006 in Auburn, Ala.

Photo by Todd J. Van Emst/Associated Press file

Will Muschamp photographed in March 2006 in Auburn, Ala.

Tennessee may be in hot pursuit of Will Muschamp.

But the chase isn't over yet.

Rumors of a deal today already being in place between the Vols and the Texas defensive coordinator appear to be premature according to a source familiar with the search.

UT athletic director Mike Hamilton still has not addressed the matter or the departure of coach Lane Kiffin to Southern California yet, but he has a press conference slated for 1 p.m.

More details later online.

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CRFVols writes:

Whatever. I'm not sure who I'd favor in the search......but I know what character traits I would be wary of. Big mouth would sure be one.

kevin151 writes:

great, Muschamp will leave for Texas in 3 years..... his dream job

vol88 writes:

I'm not an Athletic Director, but anything done less than 12 hours after the news seems like a knee-jerk reaction. Just make a great hire, MH, that's all.

luvorange writes:

Honestly, he was at the top of my list the first time.

VOLinCO writes:

i worry about him bolting for the uga job when it comes open in the next few years (sorry mark)

volsoutlaw writes:

Why? This guy is not the answer for Tennessee, and who says he want jump back to Texas in 2 or 3 years.

rockytop4ever writes:

really?.....here we go again

rkastens writes:

Perhaps bringing in Muschamp would allow UT to retain Chaney, Cregg, and Brown on the offensive side and keep at least some stability for the recruits who are wavering.

Cash writes:

Peterson or Leech. and the dismissal of Hamilton.
Muschamp won't stay.

jimr07 writes:

in response to kevin151:

great, Muschamp will leave for Texas in 3 years..... his dream job

Do you know Will and know that he would do that for a fact?

jimr07 writes:

in response to Cash:

Peterson or Leech. and the dismissal of Hamilton.
Muschamp won't stay.

why do you want leach? consider why he was dismissed from TT

utallvol writes:

no gruden. no muschamp, nobody. this sucks

JohnnyVol writes:

in response to kevin151:

great, Muschamp will leave for Texas in 3 years..... his dream job

Urban Meyer also said he'd leave Florida for his dream job...Notre Dame. But...within 3 years, he was so successful and loved Florida, so he changed his mind. I really believe, if Muschamp has integrity, he will see in Tennessee what many of us do too. It is a great place, and a great situation to raise a family.

Besides...we sent Texas Davey Crockett. The least they can do is send us Muschamp.

9krpms writes:

I still like Gruden better, but I also like the idea of Muschamp coming in and leaving Chaney and Cregg in on the offensive side. A quick move might save our recruiting class. I think Muschamp would not pull a kiffin on the Vols.

tmartin writes:

bill cowher

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

But Muschamp is from Georgia and went to UGA...so this would be closer to home?? Plus he's worked at LSU and Auburn, so he knows the SEC. So perhaps his ties at Texas aren't what they seem. He's only been there 2 years.

heisthelord367 writes:

Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Chris Petersen, or Troy Calhoun...either would be good...Gruden may not stay long wanting to be back in NFL, Cowher may not want to coach college ball though w/ SuperBowl ring, Petersen hmmm, not sure if he'd be a great recruiter considering the state's limits on good players,and Troy Calhoun has been successful w/ Air Force but again consider the competition...any thoughts on these?

jenc writes:

Gruden YES

suttree writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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I doubt Mack will retire anytime soon making $5MM/yr.

Ghost_of_Bear_Bryant writes:

in response to kevin151:

great, Muschamp will leave for Texas in 3 years..... his dream job

Muschamp is an SEC man. Mack Brown has already inked a 5 year deal with Texas. I think this would be a good move for UT. $20 says he doesn't pimp out the Vols' women to high school football players.

tmartin writes:

charlie weis

tmartin writes:

rich brooks

V0LUNT33R writes:

Obviously, Kiffin was contacted, before last night when the news started to break. They were already talking to Chow. Hopefully, Kiffin isn't the complete snake he appears to be, and he let Hamilton know. That seems unilikely, however considering Hamilton and Kiffin passed each other in the air last night. It's going to get worse, before it gets better. If Muschamp declines, we're in real trouble.

volnsc writes:

Patterson, Peterson, Whittingham, in no particular order. Whoever comes has to be able to recruit on a national level. Kiffin and company have shown to be the snakes they are by going after the UT recruits like they have. Whoever comes needs to be wrapped in an iron clad contract or Hamilton needs to go as well. Football programs do not thrive with constant turnover.

tennezz writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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Texas HC just signed a 5 year contract!

sctennesseefan writes:

Cutcliffe or Chavis as Head Coach
Fulmer as AD

tmartin writes:

ron zook

CincyOhVol writes:

Steve Spurrier!! Lets bring him home and get this thing rollin'!!!

Steve Spurrier for UT Head Football Coach!

tmartin writes:

lou holtz

JacksonvilleVol writes:

I could deal with Muschamp as long as he can stay for a while

VolFanFtl writes:

People, Gruden would be a great hire, however, he has made it very clear that he has absolutely no interest in returning to college coaching.

He has been rumored for every major opening the last couple of years and his response has been the same.

I would love to see Muschamp at UT.

RoyaltyVol writes:

This is a time to hire an experienced head coach, not an assistant. Whats wrong with Hamilton? Yes I realize Muschamp is a great talent, but we have a program in dire need of EXPERIENCE! The timing is all wrong for hiring Muschamp!

vol88 writes:

in response to jimr07:

why do you want leach? consider why he was dismissed from TT

Thank you! We DO NOT need Leach.

MisterLogic writes:

I like the Muschamp idea, however I am not as worried about him going to Texas as I am Georgia.

Mark Richt is a Georgia Boy, and he is on the rocks. Whose to say that if we get Muschamp (Who is a Georgia Boy too) that he will not head to Georgia in a couple years if Richt stays on this rockslide.

volfan_in_mississippi writes:

in response to jcvet:

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Good point

west_tn_volfan writes:

Whats Muschamps record as a HC? If he doesn't have one, I don't want him. UT is not a small time school. We need a proven winner with HC experience. One more mistake and we'll be on a long slide downward.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Ghost_of_Bear_Bryant:

Muschamp is an SEC man. Mack Brown has already inked a 5 year deal with Texas. I think this would be a good move for UT. $20 says he doesn't pimp out the Vols' women to high school football players.

Muschamp or Petersen.

woodcutter writes:

I sure hope we don't go after someone who wants to be somewhere else.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Make him a deal Hammey! I like his fire and he has great southern connections. Let's hope he stays and grows to love Tennessee! He is familiar with teams like Auburn, Alabama and LSU. I know he is a young DC, but I remember when he was choaching those Auburn teams that were thumping us. He has learned from Brown, Saban and Tuberville...recently. I would love to play defense for this guy! Go Vols! We will be better off tomorrow...just wait!

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

I stated last night that a great person to fill the void is Tommy Bowden.

1. Bowden is loyal...he stayed at Clemson for 10 years.

2. Bowden runs a clean program, no NCAA worries.

3. Great recruiter..brings in great talent.

4. Good coach (not great)..wins games and goes to bowls.

5. Players like him because he is trustworthy.

6. Understands what it is like to coach at a football obsessed school.

Only drawback I see is that he can't quite get over the hump and win the big one, but I feel that UT needs someone to come in and build a solid football program, not become an instant success.

Only other thing UT needs now is CPF as AD.

GO VOLS.

vols54 writes:

why not Kippy Brown- he is loyal to the vols and nfl experience

RJ007 writes:

Muschamp might be a good fit might not...I have an idea for the next coach for the Volunteers and it could be a sure thing, a man that has footbal experience including a Super Bowl win, and is retired and he wants now to try and direct young men in the right direction. He also is very familiar with The University of Tennessee...TONY DUNGY....someone needs to get on the phone with this guy he is a perfect fit. Does anyone else agree or disagree? Volnation we need to get this going! Hey who knows on down the line we could have Peyton Manning on the sidelines as well. Forget about the Kiffin's & Ed O. they just weren't Volunteer material.

Carlitovol writes:

Once again, I say Harbaugh from Stanford!! pro-style offense, accomplished recruiter (see Toby Geirhart (sp?), intense, passionate, young.. built Stanford into a solid program in just a few years...

maybe he doesn't have any interest, but i would tell Hammy to AT LEAST make the call...

VolCrazy writes:

Mike Leach. Yes he is crazy, but I still think the Tech thing was confusing and total phooey.

adamsmith5529#630125 writes:

BIG MISTAKE!! this guy is not a proven Head Coach!!! you don't get a guy like this to coach in the SEC with no experience!!!
GRUDEN FOR UT!!! GRUDEN FOR HEAD COACH AT UT!!!

bigorangevolsfan writes:

i think we should shoot for spurrier he is a great coach with alot of prestige and alot of swagger he does good things to all his programs and is a much more stable choice than many other options out there he also brings with him the possibility for big time recruits wanting a top program if spurrier is out on choice i would go for chris petersen he has maintained a good record both regular season and bowl games and i believe would be a pretty good fit for our program

beef4davols writes:

Check out the PDF link to Kiffin's contract...am I seeing that right? He inked his deal with UT in October 2009!?!? While Fulmer was still coaching. Maybe I can't read but his signature is dated 10-19-09.

randybone78 writes:

GUS MALZAHN!!!!!!
Look at Auburn having a top recruiting class. It's all because of Gus. Perhaps the greatest offensive mind in all of football.

thevoice writes:

Slow down Mikey H. If you're trying to get a coach in place within 2 days so you can preserve the recruits, give it up and start thinking long term. I'd trade the right coach for a No. 5 recruiting class any day! A No. 1 recruiting class isn't worth a flippin' thing if you don't have the right coach.

WytheVol writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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I wouldn't worry about Texas as much as UGA, if we get him.

But in reality, whatever happens, has to happen FAST. 3 weeks from National Signing Day. Someone mentioned a "knee jerk reaction"... What is Hamilton supposed to do? He has to react, NOW!! Look folks, Kiffin is gone. It's time to move on now. Lets just hope and pray that we get the right fit fast and that they can hold our recruiting class together enough to field a competitive team for the next couple of years. The bottom line is, every coach on any list has ties somewhere else. There is always a chance that this will happen again, with whomever we hire. It's not likely, but it will be possible.

Just be VOLS fans, not a fan of the coach. Now is the time to support the change, not argue with it. The good news is, UT went through this last year. Hamilton has a list. Some of the same candidates will remain on that list, including Muschamp... The University has already interviewed some of these guys and a knowledge of their demeanor. I'm sure they have also gotten some feedback and constructive critism on who they didn't hire last year.

Lets keep our chin up Vols. Support the team. Let the new coach, whomever that may be, prove himself on the field (and off) before throwing so many judgements around, good or bad.

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