As Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart began his search for a football coach this week, I began one of my own.
Our searches are not without common ground (neither of us will use a search committee). They will have their differences, though.
Hart can actually hire someone. As of this writing, I don't have that authority.
Our processes also will vary. While he likely will assemble a list of candidates and proceed from there, I believe in the process of elimination.
Some fans are way ahead of me, having already eliminated anyone not named "Jon Gruden." I'll try to catch up.
All assistants: Hart has stressed the importance of head-coaching experience in seeking Derek Dooley's replacement.
High school coaches: Gerry Faust didn't work out at Notre Dame.
Small-college coaches: The sheer size of Neyland Stadium would be a distraction for them.
Anyone who left his last job amidst a scandal: With one exception: Bobby Petrino.
Coaches in the NCAA doghouse: While Tennessee is on probation, its fans shouldn't even mention Jim Tressel or Butch Davis in emails.
A coach who might leave for USC: So much for Washington's Steve Sarkisian.
Anyone from the Sun Belt: I don't care how many yards Troy gained.
A non-BCS coach who could have a losing season.
Big Ten, Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference coaches who could have a losing season.
Any Pac-12 or SEC coach with five or fewer wins this season: Even if he won a national title two years ago.
Service-academy coaches: They travel in different recruiting circles than SEC coaches.
Any coach with a father for his defensive coordinator.
Any coach who has contributed to UT's current state: Remember Dave Clawson?
Coaches with a better job: If Bob Stoops left Oklahoma for UT, his sanity would be questioned.
Coaches rumored to belong to the Church of Scientology: Boise State's Chris Peterson is a terrific coach, but opposing recruiters would hammer him with that in the Bible Belt.
Coaches with fewer than three years experience: Not long enough for the UT job.
Successful coaches who have been somewhere too long or too short: With one exception: Jim Mora Jr. of UCLA.
A coach whose team has thrown fewer than five passes in a game: Even though Georgia Tech's triple option is fun to watch.
A coach fired by a school before he coached a game: See George O'Leary's resume for details.
Someone named "Dabo": Just a matter of personal preference.
Someone named "Bret Bielema": Again, personal preference.
A coach who lost to UT this season: Even if he beat Florida State.
A coach who lost to a team that lost to UT: Besides, Jimbo Fisher has underachieved at Florida State.
A Louisiana Tech coach: See UT's last hire.
A coach fired by the same school he led to the BCS championship game: Larry Coker of Texas-San Antonio and Frank Solich of Ohio University know about that.
A coach who treats concussions by confining players to a shed: Washington State can hire eccentric coaches; UT can't.
Coaches with an overall losing record: That includes Miami's Al Golden.
And it leaves me with Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State; Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech; Gary Patterson, TCU; Art Briles, Baylor; Charlie Strong, Louisville; Butch Jones, Cincinnati; Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern; James Franklin, Vanderbilt; Dan Mullen, Mississippi State; Mora; and Petrino.
That's just my FBS list. Gruden is still on my pro-coach-wanting-to-go-back-to-college list, So are Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher.
I'll narrow the list in the next few days. You think Hart is this far along?