Tennessee hires Phillip Fulmer as athletic director

Tennessee hires Phillip Fulmer as athletic director

Tennessee hires Phillip Fulmer as athletic director

Several reports surfaced on Thursday night that Tennessee athletic director John Currie had traveled to the west coast on Thursday and met with Leach.

Butch Jones was sacked as coach after a blowout loss to Missouri; Tennessee finished its season 4-8 (0-8 in SEC play). Though we can debate all day whether anger over Schiano was a product of skepticism over his resume or the allegation that he helped cover up child sexual assault at Penn State, the situation was a PR fiasco of the highest order. Currie had also courted Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Duke's David Cutcliffe, NC State's Dave Doeren, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and new Florida coach Dan Mullen. The whole search has become a punchline.

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Leach didn't respond from a text message from The Spokesman-Review and a WSU spokesperson did not wish to comment on the situation. The athletic director fired Butch Jones with two weeks to go in the regular season and thought he had his replacement on Sunday with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Should Phillip Fulmer be the permanent athletic director at UT? Before Leach took over as head coach in 2012, the Cougars hadn't had a winning season since 2003 when they went 10-3. Leach went 84-43 in 10 seasons at Texas Tech from 2000 to 2009 but was sacked amid allegations that he mistreated a player.

Another person familiar with the meeting told the AP that Currie flew from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Los Angeles on Thursday, where he met one-on-one with Leach.

Recall that Fulmer was a candidate to take the team's AD job before Currie got it back in the winter of 2017. 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.

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