Tennessee's coaching search has gone through a tumultuous week.
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Florida filled its vacancy for coaches last Sunday. The state of Mississippi did it on Wednesday. Texas A & M made a contract on Friday.

Meanwhile, Tennessee's search for coaches takes place a week after the end of the season.

Here is a retrospective look at the events that led up to this point:

Nov. 12

Tennessee took a beating in Missouri on Saturday, November 11, and ended the Butch Jones era a day later.

Defensive line coach Brady Hoke, a former head coach at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State, was named interim coach for the last two games of the season.

Former athletic director John Currie held a late press conference, promising "an exhaustive search" to bring Tennessee back to the winning championships and the search was turned off.


Brady Hoke gives his first press conference after being named by athletic director John Currie as interim coach of the Vols on Sunday after Tennessee fired Butch Jones.
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Nov. 18

There is no definitive time stamp when the rumors of Jon Gruden – Grunts – really started, as they ran throughout the season and the early search for coaching. But hysteria peaked on November 18 when the Vols played LSU.

A monsoon was coming that night, but it paled in comparison to the reaction to the news that apparently Gruden had lunch at Calhoun's On The River with Peyton Manning. The information came from a variety of locations, including the Twitter account of Copper Cellar Corp.'s director of operations, owned by Calhoun & # 39; s.


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Last slideNext Slide [19659022] Except that none of Gruden's elements for the story was true. The Monday Night Football commentator was in Seattle, preparing for the broadcast two days later.

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For a while, Grumours ended and disappeared and Calhoun issued a statement apologizing for the error.

The Rock campus at the University of Tennessee is painted in reaction to reports of a possible recruitment to make Greg Schiano the new football coach of Tennessee (Photo: Tyler Whetstone / News Sentinel)

Nov. 26

One day after the Tennessee season mercifully ends with a loss to Vanderbilt, reports pointed to the Vols being close to hiring the Ohio State defensive coordinator, Greg Schiano.

Then the day went crazy. Fans, state politicians and local companies spoke out against the potential employee.

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The indignation was due, in part, to Schiano's tenure at Penn State, which led to his name being mentioned in the testimony of the child molester Jerry Sandusky.

Former Penn State staff member Mike McQueary testified that fellow badistant, Tom Bradley, told McQueary that Schiano was aware of an incident of child badual abuse by Sandusky. Schiano and Bradley denied knowing or witnessing any of Sandusky's abuses. McQueary's claim about the rumors remains baseless.

Did you know that Sandusky was abusing children or not? nobody can be sure. But the sure chance was enough for a furious reaction that killed the deal before the day was over.

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Mike Gundy, head coach of the State of Oklahoma, stays on the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Kansas State won 45-40. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki) (Photo: Sue Ogrocki, AP)

Nov. 28

Mike Gundy and his mullet were supposedly the next to Currie and they offered him the job two days after Schiano's fiasco.

The fan base was immediately hooked, with the hops edited in the Tennessee logo and several Knoxville landmarks around the Internet. But it was all in vain.

After a day's flirtation, the veteran Oklahoma State coach opted to stay at his alma mater and turned down the Vols' lucrative offer. The state of Oklahoma announced that Gundy received an increase on Friday after the second round of Gundy with the vols.

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head coach of Purdue Boilermakers, Jeff Brohm, takes the field before the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports)

Nov. 29

Another new day brought another new candidate when the pursuit of training headed north, with the Vols locked in Purdue's first-year coach, Jeff Brohm.

As was the case of Schiano and Gundy, at the end of the day, there was no deal. The Tennessee fans at the Vols basketball game chanted "Fire Currie" to express their discontent with the constant chaos of the coaches' quest.


Songs from "Fire (John) Currie", the athletic director of Tennessee, changed Wednesday night to a UT men's basketball game against Mercer at Thompson-Boling Arena.
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Reports immediately indicated that North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren was next in search of the coach.

Nov. 30

Doeren allegedly received an offer from Tennessee in the early hours of Thursday, November 30 or later the night before.

Shortly after noon ET, Doeren allegedly turned down Tennessee's job to stay in Raleigh and do it three days in a row so that Currie is closed by a coach. Like Gundy, he received a new contract.

After another rejection, Currie appeared to save the pursuit of training later in the day, when multiple reports indicated that the Tennessee athletic director was in Los Angeles visiting Washington State coach Mike Leach.

But …


Tennessee held a press conference to announce the "beginning of a new era" with the appointment of Phil Fulmer as the new acting athletic director. PROVIDED / UT Athletics

Dec. 1

Friday did not bring a recruitment. Instead, he had a layoff, essentially, and a new sports director.

Currie was suspended with pay on Friday, pending an investigation or decision related to termination of his employment contract for cause, according to a letter from UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport to Phillip Fulmer, who was named athletic director .

Fulmer, who interviewed for the opening that Currie finally filled, took over the search for coaches and now has control of the athletic department.

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"I think that with the background I have here, as well as at different times here, the facilities, the tradition, the leadership that we have here, I definitely believe that there will be people who will be interested," Fulmer said. vacancy of trainers.


Tennessee appointed former football coach Phil Fulmer as the athletic director.

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