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 Friday.

Currie's ouster was first reported by WVLT Local 8's Chynna Greene and later confirmed by ESPN's Chris Low.

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reported earlier Friday that a potential coaching deal between Tennessee and Washington State's Mike Leach became complicated due to "a lot of in-fighting, finger-pointing and back-stabbing taking place amongst Tennessee brass" with "a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed."

Among those fighting with Currie was former Vols head coach Phil Fulmer, according to Feldman, who some say wants to take over as athletic director.