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Should Phillip Fulmer be the permanent athletic director at Tennessee?

02 December 2017

Currie's first major move as the Volunteers AD came on November 12 when he fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones and took on the national search for a replacement. Former Vols head coach Phil Fulmer is said to be one of those battling with Currie and that could muck up the process to reel in Leach.

Tennessee reportedly had a deal in place with Schiano on Sunday morning, but it fell through by the end of the day after the university heard from the fan base, state representatives and local business owners.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported Friday that Currie was prepared to name Washington State's Mike Leach the new head coach at Tennessee, but that Fulmer had been trying to stop that from happening in an effort to take the AD position.

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Currie was in Los Angeles Thursday, reportedly interviewing Leach, and Leach flew back to Pullman, Washington, when it was done.

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics John Currie was sacked Friday morning after just eight months on the job, and 19 days after he fired coach Butch Jones.

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After firing Butch Jones in mid-November, Currie unsuccessfully courted Jon Gruden, then settled for Greg Schiano, who was driven out of town by an angry mob. Bradley, defensive coordinator under recently fired UCLA coach Jim Mora, also denied having knowledge or witnessing any of Sandusky's abuse. At a huge rock on campus where students often paint various messages, the words "Schiano covered up child rape at Penn State" appeared. The Volunteers also went after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and N.C. State coach Dave Doeren.

After being ranked in the Top 25 at the start of the year, Tennessee went 4-8 to set a school record for losses.

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Should Phillip Fulmer be the permanent athletic director at Tennessee?