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Tumultuous coaching search leads to AD John Currie's dismissal

02 December 2017

According to Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, Currie and current Washington State coach Mike Leach met in California on Thursday night and ultimately agreed to a deal that would make Leach the next head coach in Knoxville.

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play).

Leach didn't respond from a text message from The Spokesman-Review and a WSU spokesperson did not wish to comment on the situation.

Leach, 56, is 9-3 at Washington State this season, having reached at least eight wins in each of the past three seasons.

The WSU coach returned to Pullman just after midnight and told, "If I had (met with Currie), I wouldn't tell you and if I hadn't, I wouldn't tell you".

The online site Football Scoop reported last week that Tennessee was interested in Leach, also saying the Cougars would have no qualms about promoting defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to the top job should Leach leave. So I guess the rumors are that I'm a pretty decent coach.

Several factors have fueled speculation about Leach's future in recent weeks. That was Bill Moos, who jumped to Nebraska in October, and he has yet to be replaced.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday, but the deal fell through due to backlash from fans and supporters.

Schiano, who coached under Joe Paterno at Penn State, has denied an allegation of his knowledge of child abuse by Sandusky. Previously, he coached 10 seasons at Texas Tech and went 84-43.

The Volunteers' search has since stumbled forward rather publicly. Tennessee has scheduled a Friday afternoon December 1, 2017, news conference and is expected to provide an update on what has been a tumultuous coaching search. The Volunteers also went after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and N.C. State coach Dave Doeren. Overall he's 14-for-16 as a head coach.

Tumultuous coaching search leads to AD John Currie's dismissal