Vols' coaching search begins as Jim Chaney fills in

University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart during a press conference at Neyland Stadium on Sunday, November 18, 2012 regarding the future of Tennessee football. 
  
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University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart during a press conference at Neyland Stadium on Sunday, November 18, 2012 regarding the future of Tennessee football. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney met with the media for the first time as the Vols' interim head coach on Monday, one day after Derek Dooley fired coach Derek Dooley with one game remaining in his third season as coach.

While speculation has run rampant on who the eventual successor to Dooley will be, GoVolsXtra football beat writer Evan Woodbery has begun to break it all down, complete with who's in the running and one person that has apparently taken themselves out of consideration.

Read his entire breakdown on his GVX blog, Evan's Eleven.

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Rock85 writes:

FIRST

Dickattrade writes:

I will pack up this old body and head out on a 150 mile journey to Knoxville this weekend. I really don't look forward to the cold weather and other distractions but feel I owe the senior class all the support I can offer.

I sure wish all of you would do the same. This is a tender time at UT and we all need to continue our support. Hope to see all my friends in section M we have made over the years
so come on down.VFL

West10Vol writes:

KNS thanks for clearing things up, I failed to understand that Derek Dooley fired Derek Dooley. Does this mean he resigned and the buyout is no longer in play?

RockVegas writes:

Coach J.Chaney make the best out of it,this may be your last Tennessee ride too.Find a real SEC coach....GBO.

exlineman writes:

It doesn't matter what we as fans think, the real focus will be on what Jim Haslam and family and (Thunder) John Thornton think and do. They will be the big names making the final decision, along with the money.

If the Haslams and Steve Spurrier can come to an agreement and get over their ego's, Spurrier will be the next head coach at UT. Spurrier is a proven winner with a better record than any coaches name that has been thrown out by fans. He is the best in the business and would get the great quarterbacks and bring some of the best assistants with him.

The ego problem goes back over 50 yrs., but I think they are willing to get with Spurrier and iron out their petty differences and do what is best for UT. With the facilities that UT has and Spurriers willing to come, he could build this program back to greatness. He also has tremendous contacts and name recognition in Fl. and across the nation.

No one is mentioning his name, but he is the best prospect out there and has several yrs. left to do what he does best and that is coach and recruit with being able to bring great assistants with him. After all Steve wants to prove to his cousins etc. that are all UT fans that he can outcoach Fulmer.

He loves the golf course at S.C. but he also wants to prove that he can still talk the talk and walk the walk. Steve is the hottest prospect out there and I like Gruden, but I would pick Spurrier over him as a proven college coach that the NCAA respects and doesn't mess with. He would fill the stadium and put UT back in the upper echelon of college football.

td writes:

The decision maker/s better match a Head Coach and his offensive philosophy to the talent Tennessee has on campus now. Remember the Rich Rodriguez experiment at Michigan? An absolute disaster because Michigan didn't have the personnel to run the offense he prefers and had at WVa (only a loss to Pitt kept him from the Nat'l Championship Game in 2007 -- Let LSU in). Now Rich Rod is at Arizona and this year (2012) beat Mike Gundy (on the list) and Lane Kiffen! Tennessee does NOT want to have the Michigan experience, so the new coach better be able to incorporate the current players, or the fans have to be prepared for 5 years of transition. I'm a little concerned about Gruden's proclaimed preference for Oregon's system. If he tried to implement it with Tennessee's current talent pool, I believe it's a train wreck. I do believe the Oregon System could work in the SEC, with a team loaded with Oregon's talent, which Tennessee does not have.

underthehill writes:

in response to Dickattrade:

I will pack up this old body and head out on a 150 mile journey to Knoxville this weekend. I really don't look forward to the cold weather and other distractions but feel I owe the senior class all the support I can offer.

I sure wish all of you would do the same. This is a tender time at UT and we all need to continue our support. Hope to see all my friends in section M we have made over the years
so come on down.VFL

Have to say..I respect your attitude..and agree the players deserve support...they sure didn't want the current situation...

underthehill writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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I think a candidate would be one who has applied for a job..I think what you are seeing is speculation as to who should be asked...

gerwmor writes:

in response to Dickattrade:

I will pack up this old body and head out on a 150 mile journey to Knoxville this weekend. I really don't look forward to the cold weather and other distractions but feel I owe the senior class all the support I can offer.

I sure wish all of you would do the same. This is a tender time at UT and we all need to continue our support. Hope to see all my friends in section M we have made over the years
so come on down.VFL

This is a great post. I tried really hard to believe in Coach Dooley, but as I think back now to the loss to LSU his first year I realize that bad coaching cost us that game and that that game foreshadowed the next two and a half years. I actually see the game Saturday as the first game back for UT football. This year has been a train wreck, but a win Saturday would be our team's saying we are ready for this horrible four years to be over and the beginning of the journey back.

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