Troy Calhoun staying at Air Force

Hamilton says UT is continuing to interview candidates

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun yells toward the field in their game against TCU in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.

Photo by AP Photo/Donna McWilliam

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun yells toward the field in their game against TCU in the first half of their NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.

Part One: UT AD Mike Hamilton on Kiffin's departure

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is remaining at the military academy, Air Force posted on its Web site today.

"We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy," said Calhoun, in the statement. "We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010."

The release does not mention Tennessee or the football job opening for which Calhoun was reported to be a strong candidate.

The internet has been buzzing this afternoon amid reports that Calhoun had scheduled a team meeting for 5:30 p.m. at the school. Team meetings in the off-season often indicate a coach is letting his players know he is leaving.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton declined to comment on any specific candidates but wrote in a text, "We're interviewing candidates and that will take awhile."

Hamilton had previously said he'd like to have a coach in place by Sunday, when coaches can begin traveling to visit with recruits.

More to come on GVX and in Friday's News Sentinel.

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Shiggidyhappens writes:

No shiggidy!

Trifecta_Storm writes:

Just get it right and please don't get Cutcliffe!!! huge mistake.

Go Vols!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

Fire Hamilton

nothinglastsforever writes:

Wake me up on Sunday and tell me what happened.

Beamer writes:

Nobody interested in Tennessee HC position...kind of a sad state for Tennessee football.

bigvol662004 writes:

Thank goodness for small favors! Problem is, what viable options are left?

jobrando#216494 writes:

Heck,,we all learned alot about Calhoun..who's next..please no Cut... Kippy is the man

ctownvol writes:

Looking more like Cut is the man.

Shiggidyhappens writes:

No shiggidy!!

mdvol writes:

Witch Doctor for HC! Job's still open WD.

VolsAllTheWay writes:

Turned down by Calhoun? Just hire Kippy and get this done.

lovinthebigorange writes:

I think we could get Alabama's DC Kirby Smart. I know he just turn GA down for DC for alot of money but it wasn't a promotion.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Beamer:

Nobody interested in Tennessee HC position...kind of a sad state for Tennessee football.

Nobody wanted our Fulmer either....Could it be us

Tennacious writes:

ESPN.com story mentions La Tech coach Derek Dooley. Anyone know anything about him?

codybain13 writes:

in response to Beamer:

Nobody interested in Tennessee HC position...kind of a sad state for Tennessee football.

ever heard of loyalty? yea...maybe they love their program. everybody knows its a huge job. i respect their decision

GBO!!!

trooper4prezz writes:

Why has Trooper Taylor not been missing? Is he the big one that Hamilton is going for behind our backs?

tlallman writes:

Nobody wants us. I hope we can do better than Cutcliffe. Surely there is a good coach and recruiter out there who wants to come to Tennessee.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Middle Tennessee State coach could be woooed

DenverVol writes:

I'm feeling sick. Hammy's been turned down twice today both by coaches that didn't give me any warm fuzzys. Weclome back David Cutcliffe is guess.

Orangeatang writes:

I'll take Leach over anybody out there right now.

finn writes:

It is nice to see not every coach is motivated solely by money and their own best interests. Calhoun would have been a good option but I respect him and his decision if UT actually offered. He wasn't a big name guy but his team is full of officers first and football players second yet still manages to win.

mdvol writes:

in response to VolsAllTheWay:

Turned down by Calhoun? Just hire Kippy and get this done.

Go with the Bro! Kippy for HC! Sorry Witch Doc, you don't have NFL experience.

kevin151 writes:

FIRE HAMILTON ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

Orangeatang writes:

in response to Tennacious:

ESPN.com story mentions La Tech coach Derek Dooley. Anyone know anything about him?

I went to Tech undergrad, Tennessee law school. Dooley has a law degree from Univ. of Virginia. Bright guy. Would be a good fit. Has done well with the talent he has to work with. Maybe not quite ready for prime time though.

dtacker#607308 writes:

For the love of god do not rehire Cutcliffe, I will puke in my mouth.

rockytopatl writes:

He's Vince Dooley's son. Career record 17-20. I'd pass on him.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

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jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to DenverVol:

I'm feeling sick. Hammy's been turned down twice today both by coaches that didn't give me any warm fuzzys. Weclome back David Cutcliffe is guess.

I dont think he's involved it's a search company doing the grunt work just passing him the scoop on the golf course

Shiggidyhappens writes:

Why not offer Norm Chow, or Ken Norton Jr.

JenB (Inactive) writes:

After the press conf. yesterday, Kippy does seem like his heart and soul is here at UT. He is a VOL through and through... Give him a chance, what is there really to lose? Another year? Kinda like the one we just lost? I bet it wont be as bad as choosing someone who could care less about UT. Loyalty should be rewarded, not overlooked.

SIMSVOL writes:

You guys who were dissing Calhoun may be sorry when we end up a much lesser coach. Cutcliffe is not the answer - will return the program to mediocre at best. Get Chris Peterson of Boise State. Too bad regarding Calhoun, he would have been a great TN coach.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to dtacker#607308:

For the love of god do not rehire Cutcliffe, I will puke in my mouth.

me 2

tnnavyvol writes:

Coaches can have integrity and loyalty. He was the best option. Just keep Kippy.

Beamer writes:

Gus Malzahn. Gus Malzahn. Gus Malzahn.

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to ctownvol:

Looking more like Cut is the man.

dullsville dude. not good.

mdvol writes:

in response to Orangeatang:

I went to Tech undergrad, Tennessee law school. Dooley has a law degree from Univ. of Virginia. Bright guy. Would be a good fit. Has done well with the talent he has to work with. Maybe not quite ready for prime time though.

....he has strong UT ties. He gladly took Lennon Creer and Ahmad Paige. LOL!

vet4ut writes:

in response to trooper4prezz:

Why has Trooper Taylor not been missing? Is he the big one that Hamilton is going for behind our backs?

...laughing...

lovinthebigorange writes:

in response to Beamer:

Gus Malzahn. Gus Malzahn. Gus Malzahn.

Yes. I'm surprised he isn't in the mix. He did wonders at Auburn and Arkansas.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to Tennacious:

ESPN.com story mentions La Tech coach Derek Dooley. Anyone know anything about him?

So we're going from a Troy Calhoun to a Derek Dooley?

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

You guys who were dissing Calhoun may be sorry when we end up a much lesser coach. Cutcliffe is not the answer - will return the program to mediocre at best. Get Chris Peterson of Boise State. Too bad regarding Calhoun, he would have been a great TN coach.

Hey, I like Peterson of BSU. Malzahn is another favorite, but lacks head coaching experience. Could be a winner, though.

MANVOL writes:

It's not that nobody is interested, its the timing of the deal. No we are not the elite UT we once were before 2005. But Kiffin could not have left at more wrong time. If he leaves in DEC. this would not be as bad. Go Vols. Kiffin Sucks.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

James L Mora is your man

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to kevin151:

FIRE HAMILTON ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

Perhaps it's done. A search company is doing the looking and not him

volontherun writes:

Just let Kippy take over and hire a big time DC and just keep looking its to late to find any good HC without taking them from another school and putting them in the same boat we are in

ScoobyDooVol writes:

This is bad. We should prepare ourselves for Cutcliffe's press conference on Sunday 1/17, and Hammy's resignation on 2/4. All of which I do not like except for Hammy's resignation. He needs to go back to Clemson and wreck their athletics program not ours.

iaVol writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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What is wrong with Coach Brown? This is his third tour with the Vols. Rocky Top is actually "home sweet home" for him.

tnsportsman writes:

KIPPY, KIPPY, KIPPY! In the business of Marketing, PR and Development we call this a 'hot potato' Tennessee is a Top 10 University with the best facilites, stadium and athletic budget, BUT we are too 'hot' right now with all this SOB Kiffin BS!

We have the fix and remaining Staff sitting there for Kippy! Just Do It Hamilton now!

We can PR and spin a Kippy hire really well AND Kippy is the right TENNESSEE BASICS call!

GO VOLS ALWAYS UNTIL MY LAST BREATH!

prideofthesouthland writes:

Dooley is a Miami Sabanite

iadvol writes:

I wish Peyton would take over after the NFL season! Let Kippy run it and have Peyton take over after the playoffs.

Beamer writes:

in response to MANVOL:

It's not that nobody is interested, its the timing of the deal. No we are not the elite UT we once were before 2005. But Kiffin could not have left at more wrong time. If he leaves in DEC. this would not be as bad. Go Vols. Kiffin Sucks.

If he left in Dec. Tommy Tuberville is in Knoxville right now saving our recruiting class.

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