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.