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.