Tennessee Rumors & News

  • Tennessee hires former Heisman winner Chris Weinke as RB coach

    Sportsnaut "New Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt and Chris Weinke worked together on Alabama’s staff in 2017. In 2018, they’ll be working together again with the Volunteers. On Wednesday, Pruitt announced that Weinke will serve as Tennessee’s running backs coach in 2018. “I’m excited to have Chris..." February 21

  • Ex-Vols star WR Jauan Jennings re-enrolls at Tennessee after being dismissed

    CBS Sports "The long and winding road for Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings might not be over yet. According to the Tennessee student directory, Jennings has re-enrolled for classes. It's the next positive step in what could be a second chance for Jennings with the Volunteers. Jennings' reenrollment..." January 16

  • Tennessee QB Quinten Dormady transferring out of the program

    Fanbuzz "Tennessee has had major turnover this offseason, with both some players and the coaching staff as Jeremy Pruitt is the new head coach. It looks like the Vols are going to lose a player at a key position in quarterback Quinten Dormady as he announced his intention to transfer. He will be..." January 16

  • Vols' Todd Kelly Jr. in altercation with girlfriend, hospitalized after fall from 30-foot wall

    Bleacher Report "Tennessee safety Todd Kelly Jr. was hospitalized Friday after falling from a wall following an altercation with his girlfriend. Per Blake Toppmeyer of Knox News, Lauren McDaniel told a Knoxville police officer Kelly started "a minor altercation" while the couple were at a bar and a verbal..." January 13

  • Texans strength coach Craig Fitzgerald joins University of Tennessee staff

    Houston Chronicle "Texans strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has resigned from the coaching staff after accepting the University of Tennessee strength and conditioning job. Texans strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald has resigned from the coaching staff after accepting the University of..." January 07

  • 4-star LB J.J. Peterson commits to Tennessee

    247 Sports "A strong recruiting run for the University of Tennessee continued on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl when Top100 linebacker JJ Peterson put on a Volunteers hat and committed to new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Alabama was the runner-up. “I had a hard time choosing where I want to..." January 06

  • Ex-Tennessee coach Derek Dooley heads to Missouri as new offensive coordinator

    CBS Sports "With the exception of the vacancy at Arizona, the college football coaching carousel has nearly come to a stop -- at least for head coaches. It's a different story for assistants, and will be for the next month or so until National Signing Day comes and goes. But even with some time left, this is..." January 06

  • Tennessee's Kelly declares for NFL draft

    SEC Country "Tennessee tailback John Kelly has declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft via his Instagram account. The 5-foot-9, 205 junior from Detroit led the Vols with 778 yards and 9 touchdowns rushing on 189 carries and was tied for the team lead with 37 receptions, netting 299 yards for an average..." December 29

  • USC OC Tee Martin 'disappointed' not to get interview with Tennessee

    CBS Sports "During the wild ups and downs of the Tennessee coaching search, one name that continued to circulate as a curious omission from the list of candidates was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin was interested in the possibility of taking over at his alma mater as head coach, but told..." December 27

  • Tennessee secures WR Alontae Taylor (No. 46) after losing two QB recruits

    ESPN "Tennessee's recruiting class lost two prospects Wednesday -- both at the quarterback position -- but new head coach Jeremy Pruitt also secured the recommitment of his first big recruit since taking over at Knoxville. ESPN 300 quarterback Adrian Martinez and three-star Michael Penix both..." December 14

  • Tee Martin was not interested in becoming Tennessee OC

    Larry Brown Sports "Tee Martin’s name came up a fair amount during Tennessee’s prolonged coaching search, but the former Vol ended up staying at USC. It sounds like that’s because he wasn’t interested in a lateral move. The LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf reported on Tuesday that Martin said he wasn’t interested in..." December 12

  • Tennessee football, Jeremy Pruitt have finalized deal, per reports

    USA Today "Finally, the search is over. Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee have finalized a deal that will make Pruitt the Vols' coach, according to a report Thursday morning by ESPN.com's Chris Low. Pruitt will be introduced at a news conference Thursday night, Low reported...." December 07

  • How Peyton Manning is digesting Tennessee’s coaching fiasco

    New York Post "It has been nearly two decades since Tennessee won a national championship, and just as long since the school stood atop the SEC. A return to such glory seems unimaginable at the moment. The Volunteers are coming off their first winless SEC season since joining the conference in 1933, and..." December 07

  • Tennessee offers head-coaching job to Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, sources say

    ESPN "The University of Tennessee's circuitous head-coaching search, which has taken on just about every twist imaginable, is nearing an end, as the Volunteers are finalizing a deal with Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, sources told ESPN. Tennessee expects to announce Pruitt as its..." December 07

  • Tennessee coaching search: Vols examining a trio of SEC defensive coordinators

    CBS Sports "It's been more than three weeks since Tennessee fired coach Butch Jones. One athletic director upheaval and several swings and misses on the coaching carousel later, the Vols could finally be closing in on a new head honcho. It appears as though Tennessee is focusing in on a trio of SEC..." December 06

  • Report: Phillip Fulmer, Tee Martin hold ‘positive conversation’ in discussing Tennessee job

    College Football Talk "Could another favorite son be coming home on this latest spinning of the coaching carousel? It’s long been thought that Tee Martin would be in play for the opening at Tennessee, especially when Phillip Fulmer, his former coach, (reportedly) pulled a Shakespearean power play to grab the athletic..." December 05

  • Tennessee interested in hiring Les Miles as next coach, per report

    Sporting News "Tennessee may end up ending its coaching search with the Mad Hatter. According to a report from Go Vols 247, new Vols director Phillip Fulmer has reached out to, among other candidates, former LSU coach Les Miles to take over the program. According to a report from The Advocate (Baton..." December 05

  • Tennessee coaching search: Phil Fulmer has reportedly reached out to Les Miles

    CBS Sports "Phillip Fulmer is now in charge as the athletic director at Tennessee, and he might be welcoming some other friendly faces back to the SEC. According to Grant Ramey of 247Sport (subscription required), the former Vols coach -- who took control from John Currie on Friday after Currie's supposed..." December 03

  • Tee Martin focused on USC but would reconsider if Tennessee was interested

    Sportsnaut "There have been some rumors recently that Tennessee is interested in hiring USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin to be its next head coach. On Friday night following USC’s victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Martin was asked about those rumors. Martin said he has not been..." December 02

  • Tennessee Chancellor: AD John Currie suspended, not fired

    Sportsnaut "To say that the University of Tennessee dealing with catastrophic, shifting winds of change would be one of the biggest understatements this year. Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport gave a press conference on Friday in an attempt to explain what’s happened recently. One of the revelations she..." December 01

  • Reports: Tennessee fires AD John Currie amid disastrous search for football coach

    CBS Sports "Eight months to the day that John Currie began his role as athletic director at Tennessee, his tenure with the Vols has come to an end. Currie, who has been under fire recently from the administration and fan base while searching for new head football coach, was fired by the university on..." December 01

  • Mike Leach meets with Vols about coaching vacancy; no deal immine

    ESPN "Washington State football coach Mike Leach has met with Tennessee regarding the school's head-coaching vacancy, a source confirmed to ESPN's Edward Aschoff. The meeting took place with Tennessee athletic director John Currie in Los Angeles on Thursday, a source told The Associated Press. The..." December 01

  • Report: Tennessee turning attention toward Kevin Sumlin

    Larry Brown Sports "Tennessee has already been turned down by multiple coaches as the university searches for a replacement for Butch Jones. Will Kevin Sumlin be next? On Thursday, Dave Doeren turned down Tennessee’s offer and decided he will stay at NC State. The Vols have made offers to numerous candidates since..." November 30

  • Reports: Dave Doeren turns down Tennessee to remain with NC State

    CBS Sports "The wheels of the Tennessee coaching search keep spinning, and NC State coach Dave Doeren won't be hopping on board. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated and other outlets, Doeren has chosen to remain in Raleigh, North Carolina, as the head coach of the Wolfpack after the Vols..." November 30

  • Tennessee coaching search shifts attention to NC State's Dave Doeren

    USA Today "North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren and athletics director Debbie Yow have been engaged in a protracted and somewhat contentious standoff over his contract extension negotiations in recent days, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports, a staredown that is connected..." November 29

  • Lions’ Jim Bob Cooter Won’t Interview At UT

    Pro Football Rumors "Lions offensive coordinator — and University of Tennessee alum — Jim Bob Cooter would likely be a candidate for the Volunteers head coaching position, but he will not interview for the job, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Instead, Cooter will focus on his work with Detroit in the hopes of..." November 29

  • Reports: Tennessee coaching search shifts attention to Purdue's Jeff Brohm

    CBS Sports "Tennessee athletic director John Currie needed to nail this coaching hire in the worst way possible after botching the Greg Schiano debacle from over the weekend. Currie may have done just that, possibly saving his job in the process. According to multiple reports, Tennessee is shifting its..." November 29

  • Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy turns down Tennessee job

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy has turned down the Tennessee head coaching job. According to insider Brett McMurphy, Gundy has decided to stay at his alma mater rather than taking a shot at coaching in the SEC. The Volunteers made a strong push for the Cowboys' head coach as they enlisted..." November 29

  • What happened to Jon Gruden to Tennessee?

    Pro Football Talk "There was a Sunday splash report that former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden is talking to the University of Tennessee about becoming the school’s next head coach. The report emerged just as Tennessee was about to hire Greg Schiano, which made the report a little suspect, to say the..." November 28

  • Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy has phone conversations with Tennessee

    ESPN "Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has had phone conversations with Tennessee representatives about the Volunteers' head-coaching job, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN's Chris Low. Tennessee's interest in Gundy was reported earlier Tuesday by radio station WNML in Knoxville...." November 28

  • USC’s Tee Martin remains mum on possible return to Tennessee

    L.A. Daily News "College football’s annual coaching carousel took one of its wackiest whirls over the weekend. Tennessee, among six SEC schools to end the regular season with head coaching vacancies, planned to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, reaching the point where the school on Sunday..." November 28

  • Social media reaction, which wrecked Tennessee's search, could be new reality in hiring

    USA Today "As administrators across college sports watched Tennessee’s attempt to hire Greg Schiano implode on Sunday, a new reality settled over this pressure-packed business. Never before had a major coaching hire been nixed in real time by social media reaction, building to the point where school..." November 28

  • Report: Duke coach David Cutcliffe says no to Tennessee as Vols' candidates dwindle

    CBS Sports "You can mark another candidate off the list to take over the Tennessee job, and this time it's a friendly face. According to ESPN's Chris Low, Tennessee reached out to Duke coach David Cutcliffe, but the former Vol assistant has said "thanks, but no thanks." Cutcliffe is 102-96 in 16 full..." November 28

  • Albert Haynesworth believes Tennessee is against hiring a black coach

    Larry Brown Sports "Albert Haynesworth helped Tennessee win a national championship in 1998, and the former NFL defensive tackle has one candidate in mind who he thinks would be perfect as the next head coach of the Vols. But because of the color of that candidate’s skin, Haynesworth does not think this particular..." November 27

  • Tennessee: We Don't Believe Greg Schiano Protected Jerry Sandusky

    TMZ "The University of Tennessee says they found no evidence that Greg Schiano helped cover up child rape during his time at Penn State ... but they're still not explaining why they backed out of hiring him as the Vols head football coach. FYI, Schiano was reportedly signed to be the next head..." November 27

  • Report: Greg Schiano wants compensation from Tennessee for backing out

    Larry Brown Sports "Greg Schiano reportedly is seeking compensation from Tennessee after the school backed out of an agreement to make him the program’s next head coach. Tennessee and Schiano both signed a memorandum of understanding that the current Ohio State defensive coordinator would be the next head coach of..." November 27

  • Sources: Tennessee backs out of Greg Schiano hiring after campus protests

    ESPN "Tennessee has backed out of a memorandum of understanding with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to be the Volunteers' next football coach, sources told ESPN's Chris Low. The memorandum of understanding was signed by both parties Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Tennessee had planned to..." November 27

  • Tennessee finalizing deal with Greg Schiano to become head coach

    Sportsnaut "After firing Butch Jones earlier this season, the Tennessee Volunteers have been taking part in a national search for a replacement. It now appears that’s coming to a culmination. According to this one report, Tennessee is finalizing a deal to name former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head..." November 26

  • Jon Gruden talking to Tennessee Volunteers about coaching vacancy

    CBS Sports "The University of Tennessee is again interested in hiring former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden as its next head coach, sources said, reaching out to the current broadcaster to explore his interest in the job. Sources said school officials have discussed the matter with him, with Gruden a top..." November 26

  • ESPN reporter: ‘Lane Kiffin is definitely on board if Tennessee gives him a call’

    SEC Country "Lane Kiffin has only been out of the SEC for one season, but he could be back sooner rather than later. ESPN’s Chris Low went on Jayson Swain’s radio show in Knoxville and had some very interesting comments regarding Kiffin’s interest in the Tennessee job. “Lane is definitely on board if..." November 23

  • Jauan Jennings Dismissed by Tennessee After NSFW Rant on Instagram About Staff

    Bleacher Report "Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings is no longer with the program. On Wednesday, Josh Ward of Sports Radio WNML reported interim coach Brady Hoke said on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville he dismissed Jennings from the team after the junior posted videos on Instagram critiquing the..." November 22

  • Tennessee restaurant apologizes for rumor Jon Gruden was dining there

    The Advocate "Tennessee needs a new coach; Jon Gruden needed dinner ... it was a match made in Knoxville. Except, Gruden wasn't in Knoxville. Gruden wasn't in Tennessee, or even the same time zone — if you believe an ESPN PR representative. The odd rumor seemed to begin when Calhoun's, a restaurant by..." November 19

  • Tennessee has serious concerns about Jon Gruden as a coaching candidate

    CBS Sports "Tennessee has considerable reservations about hiring Jon Gruden, CBS Sports has learned. The concerns surround the fact Gruden has not coached at all in nine years and has not roamed a college football sideline in 26 years. Also, Gruden was basically a .500 coach (57-55) in his seven years with..." November 17

  • Florida, Tennessee need big-name coaches now, or SEC won't change at all

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Tennessee needs to make a splash with its next hire. So does Florida. Now, three questions persist in the aftermath of the respective tenures of Butch Jones and Jim McElwain. Who makes the first splash? Who makes the bigger splash? And will any of that change the nature of the SEC East — or..." November 16

  • Report: Jon Gruden has reached out to coaches about joining potential Tennessee staff

    Larry Brown Sports "There is one thing nearly everyone can agree on: Jon Gruden would be a home run hire for the University of Tennessee football program. But what people can’t agree on is whether Gruden has any interest in the job. Tennessee is in the market for a new head coach yet again after firing Butch..." November 16

  • Tennessee commit says Butch Jones said “find a place to go, quickly”

    College Football Talk "As Butch Jones was in the process of informing his staff and others of his departure from the program, it seems he found some time to reach out to players he had gotten to commit to Tennessee in the upcoming recruiting cycle. And rather than reaffirm the players’ decisions to commit to the..." November 15

  • Details on SEC's role in a potential Chip Kelly hire by Florida, Tennessee or others

    CBS Sports "An SEC school president would have to "consult" with conference commissioner Greg Sankey before hiring a coach involved in past NCAA violations. The bylaw amended in 2017 came into question with a report that Florida was vetting former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Tennessee and other SEC programs..." November 14

  • University of Tennessee has interest in Jets DC Kacy Rodgers

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Tennessee is looking for a head coach after firing Butch Jones on Sunday and one potential candidate is currently on Jets head coach Todd Bowles’ staff. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Tennessee has expressed interest in Jets defensive coordinator Kacy..." November 13

  • Tennessee loses commitment from 4-star WR after Jones firing

    SEC Country "Tennessee lost its fifth commitment from the Class of 2018 since October on Sunday morning. Wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis tweeted his de-commitment shortly after the news broke about Butch Jones being fired. Jacques-Louis had been committed to the Vols since Aug. 21. He is a former..." November 13

  • Tennessee coaching candidates: Six coaches who could replace Butch Jones

    CBS Sports "What seemed like an inevitability became a reality on Sunday, when reports surfaced that Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has been let go after Saturday night's 50-17 loss to Missouri. With the loss, the Vols have now lost their most recent game to every SEC team -- including his last one to..." November 12