UT out? Gundy, Strong negotiating to stay at their schools

Mike Gundy and Charlie Strong continue to be names bandied about for the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.

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Mike Gundy and Charlie Strong continue to be names bandied about for the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee.

NEW YORK -- The two coaches who appeared to be Tennessee’s top targets in its search to replace fired head coach Derek Dooley are in discussions to remain at their current schools.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy plans to remain at his alma mater, according to OSU football sideline reporter Robert Allen. Neither OSU nor Gundy has made any sort of official comment this morning.

Meanwhile, Louisville coach Charlie Strong is discussing a renegotiated contract with the school, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal . Strong has said he would address his future at the appropriate time, but has not formally reaffirmed his commitment to Louisville.

If the Vols miss on both Strong and Gundy, it’s not clear what UT athletic director Dave Hart’s next move would be. Hart reportedly met with North Carolina coach Larry Fedora this week in New York, although other reports said the interview either didn’t happen or wasn’t meaningful.

Hart may have other candidates who haven’t been mentioned publicly. On Tuesday Arkansas hired Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, who hadn’t been even loosely connected to the job.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TenneseeBeat.

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titansfan1085 writes:

I am honestly sick of this back and forth...Gundy will need to develop a defensive mentality or he will not last in the SEC. That is why I would prefer Strong.

BigOrangeInEngland writes:

As a fan all I want for Xmas is a coach who can:
Beat the Tide
Beat the Gators
Beat the Dawgs
Beat SC

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

Right now I'd just settle for a decision from someone on who it's going to be.

smugolf08 writes:

This is getting ridiculous

firemancooper writes:

Dang, I'm a man and I wanted to Arkansas job but will settle for the Vols job? Hope that's not the case

D60 writes:

in response to smugolf08:

This is getting ridiculous

I agree 100%

chrisvol4ut writes:

Note to all NCAA athletic directors and administrators...pay attention to how Jimmy Cheek, Mike Hamilton and Dave Hart have operated and do the complete opposite if you want to get a good coach and have good athletic programs. The only thing UT has that is still relevant anymore is its fan base. We deserve so much better than this complete train wreck.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to BigOrangeInEngland:

As a fan all I want for Xmas is a coach who can:
Beat the Tide
Beat the Gators
Beat the Dawgs
Beat SC

Sounds like a reasonable request. Hope you get what you want for Xmas.

wycoller writes:

Is Mike Hamilton running this show?

Saban_Palin writes:

in response to BigOrangeInEngland:

As a fan all I want for Xmas is a coach who can:
Beat the Tide
Beat the Gators
Beat the Dawgs
Beat SC

Yeah, I'm sure Gundy's spread offense has given Saban a serious case of the tremors.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

It could also mean Hart wasn't offering anybody the job until he had interviewed all the candidates on his short list. Anybody who's ever interviewed for a job knows an interview isn't a job offer. You wouldn't want to just interview one guy. You want to get a good feel for all of them mother pick the one that fits best based on their interviews. It's called due diligence.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to 2Dlems:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You're an idiot. Tennessee is a big time job. Also, Louisville said they would be able to match or beat any offer anybody made him, in order to keep him. Also, nobody said he was offered the UT job.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

just hire mark hudspeth, he's perfect for our situation, we dont need a home run hire, we need a "good coach" and there are lots of them at smaller school right now, I wish the boosters would understand that

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Can't believe Arkansas would have passed on Gundy for the Wisconsin coach. My guess is that Gundy turned them down to either stay at OSU or because he already had a firm offer from UT.

MGVOL22 writes:

I will take Strong over any coach mentioned, especially Gruden ... Great recruiter, Defensive minded.....thats what we need!!

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to chrisvol4ut:

Note to all NCAA athletic directors and administrators...pay attention to how Jimmy Cheek, Mike Hamilton and Dave Hart have operated and do the complete opposite if you want to get a good coach and have good athletic programs. The only thing UT has that is still relevant anymore is its fan base. We deserve so much better than this complete train wreck.

It is amazing to me that all the other SEC schools and an ACC school got their coach and in less time than we did. If Tennessee is being played again and these two coaches stay at their respective schools with a raise, I think Mr. Hart will be feeling some serious heat from his superiors.

jt45 writes:

in response to BigOrangeInEngland:

As a fan all I want for Xmas is a coach who can:
Beat the Tide
Beat the Gators
Beat the Dawgs
Beat SC

Good wish list, but 4-8 would still be a bummer.
How about a perfect 12-0 season, now that would be
much better.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Looks like it will Bobby P. (don't know how I feel about that) or Dooley V 2.0. They're plenty of good up & comming coaches (with winning records) out there, but it seems Hart has a very limited idea of where to look. One may even have the b@lls to take it.

ps: The KNS censors know Tex-Mex too.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to BigOrangeInEngland:

As a fan all I want for Xmas is a coach who can:
Beat the Tide
Beat the Gators
Beat the Dawgs
Beat SC

Ut had one, he went into the Hall of fame last night. Now Karma has come home and UT is looked at as a coaches graveyard job. Reports I read say Gundy wanted the Arkansas job but has agreed to stay put now. Smart was resigned by Bama and Strong does not want the UT job. Coaches these days look at a Dooley, Bowden, Shula and see that one bad run can be it. They must be careful as they move up the ladder. A team that went 1-7 in Conference with probation issues and three players who may bolt to the NFL is not a dream job or secure.

MurfVol77 writes:

in response to chrisvol4ut:

Note to all NCAA athletic directors and administrators...pay attention to how Jimmy Cheek, Mike Hamilton and Dave Hart have operated and do the complete opposite if you want to get a good coach and have good athletic programs. The only thing UT has that is still relevant anymore is its fan base. We deserve so much better than this complete train wreck.

100% AGREE!!!!

bigmj writes:

All coaches are just using Tennessee for leverage. It's sad how far we have fallen.

6972 writes:

We need to take a deep breath and relax about this hire. Some are having more anxiety about the decision than a guy waiting to find out if his girlfriend is pregnant. The hire will happen,good or bad.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Saban_Palin:

Yeah, I'm sure Gundy's spread offense has given Saban a serious case of the tremors.

Bama didn't "handle" Johnny Football and A&M too well. If you have the defense to go with it, the spread works quite well in the SEC. Ask the Gators.

wolftever writes:

all i want is a coach than can manage the clock....ut hasnt had one since doug dickey.....

volmike55 writes:

"Jimmy Hyams‏@JimmyHyams
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is no longer in the UT coaching search, source said. Louisville's Charlie Strong remains a candidate".
Sweet!

titansfan1085 writes:

Defense and recruiting is what is needed...we have gotten away from that here lately

kyvol98 writes:

I believe all the candidates have had to furnish a list of their potential staff, so we can see which one's wives are the hottest.

vol_mania82 writes:

WOW...does anyone want the UT job??? Say Strong does turn it down why not give Petrino a shot...

killervol69 writes:

The suspense is KILLIN me! Come on, DH, pull the trigger and let's ink Gundy!!

RatherBeDrivingaTitleist writes:

in response to 2Dlems:

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Tennessee may not be a "big time" job to you, but it is to anyone with half a brain.

jtb01 writes:

Gundy's offenses rank 4th in passing, 23rd in rushing, pretty good, UT should have a pretty good offense going into next season. Problem, 73rd ranked defense will not cut it in the SEC. If he does come and does not hire a top rated, DC from the SEC or Pros, we will be in the same boat we are in now 3 years from now, IMHO.

jtb01 writes:

in response to Vol_in_Mich:

Bama didn't "handle" Johnny Football and A&M too well. If you have the defense to go with it, the spread works quite well in the SEC. Ask the Gators.

You are right on! All UT needs is the defense, Gundy with a proven DC..recipe for success.

YORVOL writes:

Yes, this is ridiculous, it's an absolute shame that this circus is unfolding. Gundy would be a horrible choice. Strong needs to be our man but Louisville is going to do whatever they can to keep him. What does that tell you? GO VOLS

YORVOL writes:

Yes, this is ridiculous, it's an absolute shame that this circus is unfolding. Gundy would be a horrible choice. Strong needs to be our man but Louisville is going to do whatever they can to keep him. What does that tell you? GO VOLS

chrisvol4ut writes:

in response to wycoller:

Is Mike Hamilton running this show?

Hah hah hah. He might as well be. If you add up all of the money from all of the buyouts we have paid since Fulmer left we could have hired Belichik as head coach and still had enough money left over to hire Saban as his defensive coordinator.

kyvol98 writes:

Heck, I'll take the job. I have my Fantasy Football team already bowl eligible!

6972 writes:

How much appeal does UT have right now? Before I am accused of not be a fan, forget that. But just consider a few factors in a prospective coaches thinking.
1. Does TB, JH, And CP return or not.
2. We have a defensive secondary that could not catch a cold.
3. We have an inconsistent kicking game.
4. We have an upcoming schedule in 2013 that you would not wish on your worst enemy. That alone would make the hair on your head stand up.

Good luck Hart with the hire. I don't envy the guy coming in. GO orange.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

in response to YORVOL:

Yes, this is ridiculous, it's an absolute shame that this circus is unfolding. Gundy would be a horrible choice. Strong needs to be our man but Louisville is going to do whatever they can to keep him. What does that tell you? GO VOLS

I believe you are 100% correct. Gundy would be a decent upgrade over Dooley, but not sure he can do better than Strong.

Millisa writes:

Id rather have Gruden or Strong

VolFanforLife33 writes:

The team needs a defense Gundy has never had one he would be as bad or worse than Dooley.

AHOUSE writes:

in response to jtb01:

Gundy's offenses rank 4th in passing, 23rd in rushing, pretty good, UT should have a pretty good offense going into next season. Problem, 73rd ranked defense will not cut it in the SEC. If he does come and does not hire a top rated, DC from the SEC or Pros, we will be in the same boat we are in now 3 years from now, IMHO.

Also if you don't have good players it does not matter how good a defensive coach you find. Refer to this years slow inept attempt to tackle and defend.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

I hope Hart has not run this search in the ditch and we end up with another Dooley last minute hire. Supposedly Strong and Gundy have both turned us down.

auggievol writes:

in response to RatherBeDrivingaTitleist:

Tennessee may not be a "big time" job to you, but it is to anyone with half a brain.

This may be a ridiculous statement from a TRUE VOL. but stats will show that the VOL program is maybe the top 3 programs in the country, probably the NUMBER ONE OPEN JOB in the country. I'm not ok with us settling on anyone, the candidates need to prove to US they DESERVE to come here. Strong and Gundy have not done that yet.

I've said all along that the decision will be announced today or tomorrow and the candidate will not be anyone "on the radar"

Oh yeah, Screw You John Adams.

orangeinbama writes:

How come everyone speculates that TN is being turned down by ---make your list here---when it is also possible that -----your list here---hasnt been asked? Hiring process is a series of interviews. I never interview just one or two people. Sometimes 5 or 6. Just sayn

auggievol writes:

in response to orangeinbama:

How come everyone speculates that TN is being turned down by ---make your list here---when it is also possible that -----your list here---hasnt been asked? Hiring process is a series of interviews. I never interview just one or two people. Sometimes 5 or 6. Just sayn

Agree...Google TN Coaching Rumors. Find out all of these "sources" that are "in the know". Trust in Hart until he gives us a reason not to.

Hacker38 writes:

I thought the Circus had left town...

Call me a troll, because I know it's coming..

All of the posters that want Manning, or even somewhere I saw someone wanted Eric Berry, give me a break, and go kiss your sister again.
Turned down by or rumoured to have been turned down by the following..

Chip Kelly
Gruden
Stoops
Fisher
Cutcliffe
Mora

Now possibly Gundy and Strong..

Sure tells you where the Tennessee program is now...

VolFanforLife33 writes:

I cant believe Gundy is even being considered. The guy is a joke we just got rid of someone just like him all offense no defense.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

Of all the potential candidates, BUTCH DAVIS is the best that we can get. Tremendous experience, great college record (both in sports and academics of his reruits), strongly defensive minded, can recruit the heck out of Florida, and WANTS to get back in the college game.

Everyone knows he was a patsy for the NCAA violations at NC, and everyone has admitted he had nothing to do with it.

He would stay with us until he retires, and thats the kind of stability we need right now. Especially of a coach of his caliber.

Volchris writes:

Be Patient, your answer will be here By Dec 17. This is all a smokescreen. Why else would it be taking this long. If you don't hear an answer today. it will be Gruden. Don't listen to the media. They are clueless. MNF ends bout then and his payout from Tampa also ends then.Thats why UT leaked that he wasn t to keep it on down low til then. he would lose a million had it been announced before MNF ends mid december. Think bout it it will all make sense in the end.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to volmike55:

"Jimmy Hyams‏@JimmyHyams
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is no longer in the UT coaching search, source said. Louisville's Charlie Strong remains a candidate".
Sweet!

WRONG!!! Just reported on CBS sports an hour ago Gundy was offered the job

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