REPORT: Tennessee Now Targeting Longstanding NFL Coach (Not Gruden) with Deep Ties to SEC, Nick Saban
According to a source well-versed in the incompetence of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie, the Volunteer brass has shifted its focus away from the college ranks while trying to fill the coaching vacancy created by the termination of Butch Jones’ contract.
The search committee now appears to be inching closer to extending an offer to a longstanding NFL coach with deep ties to southern college football—as a player, as an assistant coach and as a head coach. Though not always indicative of success, the Vols like that their top target was an assistant under Nick Saban at both the collegiate and professional level. As a head coach he boasts a 1-1 record in bowl games. Most recently, Derek Dooley has been the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys, though he did previously serve as the head coach and athletic director at Louisiana Tech and the head coach of the men’s football team at the University of Tennessee.
Currie expects bringing this one-time Volunteer home will truly unite the Rocky Top faithful, per my source.