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Tennessee’s coaching hunt was even wilder than we thought

Mar 23, 2018

Tennessee on Thursday announced a $2.5 million subdivision agreement with former jaunty executive John Currie. But that’s not all.

The propagandize also pulled behind a screen on one of a wildest and many dysfunctional coaching searches in college football history. Tennessee expelled thousands of pages of association surrounding a football manager hunt between university leaders, coaching agents and Vols fans, who played a many bigger purpose than many fan bases during a hunt process. The request dump includes phone records, emails and content messages, generally during a final week of November, that began with an agreement to name Greg Schiano as Tennessee’s subsequent manager and finished with Currie out of a job.

Here are some of the, uh, highlights from a week Tennessee folks will never forget, as many as they’d like to.

The Greg Schiano backlash

On a afternoon of Nov. 26, news pennyless that Tennessee and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had reached an agreement for Schiano to turn a subsequent coach. Texts and emails streamed in to Currie.

“I will never buy sheet to UT again if we sinecure Greg.”

“Don’t do it.”

“It is module suicide. Absolutely horrible. Do. Not. Hire. Him.”

“If we sinecure Schiano, I’m out. We’re all out. You’re murdering this module if we do that.”

“If we sinecure Schiano, I’m out. We’re all out. You’re murdering this module if we do that.”

Email from Tennessee fan to then-AD John Currie

One chairman texted Currie “Your [sic] trash” for 8 mins true before changing a summary to “You’re garbage.”

Another texter chimed in moments after with steady texts of “I’ll never attend another Vol game.”

There were a few congratulatory texts. One read: “Mr. Currie, implausible hire! Schiano will move Vol football behind to a top! #GBO.” Another read: “Hey, usually wanted to contend you’re doing a good bureau during Tennessee! we don’t caring what anyone says!”

But it was mostly a digital barrage. Currie altered his phone a subsequent morning.

The emails weren’t many kinder. Many brought adult Schiano’s tie to a Jerry Sandusky child passionate abuse liaison during Penn State, that has never been substantiated yet sparked clever reaction.



— any TN Vol fan

One email to Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport and Currie began: “Dear Dumb and Dumber — I’m certain we don’t yet do possibly one of we comprehend what an annoyance we both are to this good university?” Another addressed Davenport as “Aunt Beverly,” demanded she glow Currie and also that she lapse to Cincinnati, her prior stop as a university president. One email to Currie told him he “wouldn’t final as prolonged as Bama Dave,” presumably a anxiety to former Tennessee jaunty executive Dave Hart, an Alabama alum. The same chairman wrote behind hours later, revelation Currie he was “already worse than yankee dave.”

A Nov. 29 email to Davenport called Currie “A GYM TEACHER WITH A TIE ON” and pronounced that a Schiano conditions would cost Tennessee millions.

Currie perceived a few understanding emails, including one from Vanderbilt jaunty executive David Williams, who wrote: “Hang in there my friend. If we can support in any approach even usually articulate let me know. Sun will come adult any and any morning.”

One fan took a some-more merciful tinge with Currie, commencement his note with, “I can’t suppose a highlight and vigour we contingency be traffic with.” The fan called Jon Gruden and Lane Kiffin “unrealistic” choices, yet also pronounced NC State manager Dave Doeren would trigger “another meltdown” from a fans. The chairman afterwards pushed for USC descent coordinator Tee Martin.

Politicians chimed in, including state senator Ken Yager, who wrote Davenport and Currie on Nov. 27: “A open family disaster has blown adult and is not abated by AD Currie’s matter progressing this afternoon. The module and a repute of a University will be damaged.”

Former Tennessee manager Phillip Fulmer, afterwards operative as a special confidant to university boss Joe DiPietro, perceived several emails from Vols fans in late November, propelling him to take over and pill a disaster they believed Currie created. Responding to one on Nov. 27, Fulmer wrote: “It is a unequivocally tough time for a propagandize again. We have a unequivocally special place that deserves improved than what we have left thru.”

One emailer wrote Fulmer on Nov. 28, volunteering to “administer a weed roots bid to breeze we as Athletic Director. It’s not indispensably about banishment Currie, yet of march — that has to happen. It’s some-more about restoring a passion and firmness of True VFLs to a core care positions of a Alma Mater. It is time to act. The timing is right!” On Nov. 28, a Vols fan named James emailed Davenport and DiPietro, bureau for Currie’s ouster and for Fulmer to be named jaunty director.

“Go get Kiffin and stop this madness!!! Enough already.”

Email pleading with then-Tennessee AD John Currie to sinecure Lane Kiffin

“This coaching hunt and rejecting creates us demeanour some-more unfortunate and some-more pitiable with any rejection.”

The fan sealed a email: “An orange bleedin’, Rocky Top singin’ Vol fan for life!”

Love for Les and Lane

After a Schiano agreement fell through, Tennessee fans began stumping for other candidates. Not surprisingly, many mentioned Tee Martin, who quarterbacked Tennessee to a inhabitant championship in 1998. Former LSU manager Les Miles, who plainly campaigned for a job, also became a renouned choice for a shred of fans.

One musically prone fan even wrote an email to Currie pulling for Miles, to a balance of Garth Brooks’ “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”

An excerpt:

I spent final night wanting a manager from Louisiana
And yet I’m out on a highway, my thoughts are still on him
Such a bizarre multiple of a male and a child
Such a bizarre conditions seeking for Les Miles
Callin’ Baton Rouge

Somewhat surprisingly, Gruden’s name didn’t come adult mostly in emails to Currie and Davenport.

One chairman who did wish to check in on a #Grumors was former Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who asked a AD about a stream Raiders coach. “Geesh, we too?” Currie responded.

And Tennessee’s halt coach, Brady Hoke, done an all-caps defence around email to get a bureau permanently:


But a one name that gained a many traction in a center of a week was a same name Tennessee fans accursed when he jilted a module for USC in Jan 2010: Lane Kiffin.

Kiffin, who spent usually one deteriorate as Vols coach, had clearly gained redemption from a apportionment of a Tennessee fan bottom after his success with Alabama and in his initial deteriorate during Florida Atlantic.

“A open family disaster has blown adult and is not abated by AD Currie’s matter progressing this afternoon. The module and a repute of a University will be damaged.”

State Senator Ken Yager

“Mr. Currie we as vol fans conclude we perplexing to right a wrong and we are all prepared to pardon this man we wish him on hilly tip greatfully give this a shot,” one emailer wrote, posting a design of Kiffin in a Tennessee pullover.

“I still support we and comprehend this was not how we wanted this hunt to go. With that said, as a fan of over 30 years we would wish maybe we and a [Board of Trustees] could pardon if not forget and strech out to Lane Kiffin. we know we know. However during this indicate we consider it warrants a discussion.”

“Contact Kiffin now!!!!!! Save your job. He’s unequivocally your usually shot gripping a fan bottom from totally branch on you.”

“Go get Kiffin and stop this madness!!! Enough already.”

“Lane Kiffin is OPTION A. It’s obvious. You can precedence a contract. He’s grown up. DO THIS!!!!!”

“Dear Mr. Currie, we know things haven’t left as planned, yet if we move Lane Kiffin home all will be forgiven!”

Vols fans repudiate Dave Doeren and Mike Leach

As Tennessee seemed to tighten in on a understanding with NC State manager Dave Doeren, a email critique again ramped up. One fan pronounced he would cancel his deteriorate tickets as there “will be 0 support for a manager like Dave Doeren.”

Another wrote: “Looks like a Butch Jones clone. Seriously, go after Tee Martin.”

The school’s brief bureau of Leach didn’t lay good either. One fan emailed Currie, Davenport, DiPietro and Fulmer, observant “Leach would be terrible in Knoxville and we would settle for mediocrity.”

Pruitt’s name surfaces

Although many Tennessee fans suggested stream or former college conduct coaches for a school’s vacancy, a few clearly could see into a future.

In a early hours of Nov. 28, Currie perceived an email: “please try to sinecure Jeremy Pruitt this is a kinda manager we trust vol fans can mount behind greatfully make it happy appreciate you.”

Two days later, some-more support for a then-Alabama defensive coordinator: “He has 3 inhabitant championships to his name. If anyone can figure out how to kick Alabama it would be Coach Pruitt. … This sinecure would ease down a stream distracted fans and immediately revive your credibility. Please do not sinecure Doeren.”

The aeroplane Wi-Fi mishap

Business travelers know a feeling. You get on a craft for a extensive flight, wanting to sojourn connected, and a presumably arguable (and mostly ridiculously expensive) Wi-Fi won’t work. That’s apparently what happened to Currie on Nov. 30 as he boarded a Delta moody from Raleigh to Los Angeles to accommodate with Washington State manager Mike Leach. Negotiations with Doeren had stalled, and Currie wanted to tighten in on another candidate.

The papers uncover Davenport, executive associate jaunty executive Reid Sigmon and others attempted to strech Currie during a flight.

Sigmon texted: “Please call as shortly as possible. Urgent.”

In an email to Currie after that afternoon, Davenport wrote: “This morning we attempted for 6 hours to hit we about a state of a search. After finally connecting, we sensitive me we were in California streamer into a assembly with Mike Leach. This was a initial we had listened of this meeting. Because of a difficulty progressing in a day with a other claimant [Doeren], we asked we not to pursue any discussions about practice with any intensity candidates.”

She afterwards requested a assembly a following morning, Dec. 1, in her bureau in Knoxville.

Currie wrote back, apologizing for a “stress we caused by a Wifi outage.” He afterwards explained that given no understanding was in place with Doeren, amicable media negativity ascent and Doeren reportedly negotiating a new agreement with NC State, he indispensable to sign Leach’s interest.

“Although we have not offering a bureau or discussed terms with him, he told me he would take a bureau if offered. … He would make an glorious choice.”

Currie is out

After Davenport and Currie met on a morning of Dec. 1, a propagandize announced that Currie was out as jaunty executive and Fulmer would step in as behaving AD.

Currie perceived many voicemails and texts on his new phone expressing sorrow, including several from Tennessee coaches and jaunty dialect staffers.


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