Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart hasn't shed any light on who he's targeting to be the Vols' next head coach, so our list doesn't look much different than it did a week ago.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe, a former Tennessee offensive coordinator, has been removed after signing a new contract and pledging not to leave. There have been plenty of other denials, but none so explicit or believable.
(In alphabetical order)
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: He makes $2.75 million, but could be in line for a raise after three strong seasons with the Seminoles. Fisher issued a very strong denial Monday when asked about his interest in other jobs.
Miami (Fla.) coach Al Golden: He said last week that he made a commitment to Miami and "wants to see it through."
ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden: If he leaves his comfortable announcer's chair, most seem to think he'll head for the NFL. A flood of online "Grumors" has produced no real substance.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy: Gundy coached his 100th game at OSU in an overtime loss to Oklahoma on Saturday. He's 66-34 in his career and makes an impressive $3.2 million at OSU.
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones: Jones has followed an identical career path to Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, his predecessor at Cincinnati. Most assume, like Kelly, that he won't be at Cincinnati long, although rumors that he was bound for Kentucky appear to be premature.
Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson: A well-respected defensive coach, Patterson has built TCU into a powerhouse, but he has rebuffed several offers to leave.
Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino: Despite his disgraceful exit from Arkansas, Petrino is considered one of the smartest coaches in the country.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart: He'll be a hot coaching candidate for other schools, but given Derek Dooley and Sal Sunseri's struggles, Tennessee will probably seek a proven head coach without ties to Nick Saban.
Louisville coach Charlie Strong: A former defensive coordinator at South Carolina and Florida, Strong is 23-14 in three seasons at Louisville. The Cardinals still have one game left in their regular season.