Amid disastrous coaching search, Tennessee reportedly fires athletic director John Currie

Reports: Mike Leach offered University of Tennessee head coach position

Reports: Mike Leach offered University of Tennessee head coach position

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.

Fulmer, a former Volunteers and Hall of Fame coach, led Tennessee to the 1998 national title.

News of Leach's interest in the Tennessee job came just a day after reported that a WSU recruit in Colorado had been assured by Leach in person that he was staying put.

FILE - in this October 21, 2017, file photo, Washington State coach Mike Leach watches from the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado in Pullman, Wash.

Thursday night, Currie reportedly met with Washington State coach Mike Leach in Los Angeles.

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Tennessee athletic director John Currie, who had been leading a disastrous coaching search, has parted ways with the university after meeting with school officials, including chancellor Beverly Davenport, on Friday morning, sources confirmed to ESPN. Leach went 84-43 in 10 seasons at Texas Tech from 2000 to 2009 but was sacked amid allegations that he mistreated a player. Schiano spent five seasons at Penn State, four as the defensive backs coach on the staff with Sandusky, who was the defensive coordinator. "He has been a student-athlete, a head coach, and a father of UT student-athletes", Davenport said. It started with Greg Schiano initially hired by Tennessee before being ran out of town by backlash.

Since the Schiano mess, Currie has reportedly pursued, and been rejected by, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, David Cutliffe, Dave Doeren, Jim Bob Cooter and others. He also has a coaching record of 122-88.

Jones was sacked the day after Tennessee lost 50-17 at Missouri to fall to 0-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

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