An open records request of former Tennessee athletic director John Currie’s communications in the midst of the Vols football coaching search, which was obtained by SEC Country, has unveiled some juicy information on all of the drama surrounding the coaching search in Knoxville.
From Chip Kelly’s fabricated Vols offer to Mike Leach’s willingness to sign on the dotted line to Currie begging USA Today’s Dan Wolken to give a positive spin to a Greg Schiano hire, the storylines from Currie’s failed attempt to replace Butch Jones on Rocky Top really write themselves.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Mike Wilson uncovered another gem from Currie’s text records– even former Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs was caught up in the “Grumor” fever that hit the Tennessee fan base last football season.
Here’s a snippet from the text conversation between Dobbs and Currie in Wilson’s piece:
Dobbs, like almost anyone with interest in Tennessee football, wanted to know if Jon Gruden could be the next Vols football coach.
“Good evening Mr. Currie. Sooo are the rumors true?” Dobbs wrote.
“Which rumors?” Currie replied.
“A lot of buzz around Coach Gruden. Wasnt sure if it legit or heresay?” Dobbs said.
“Geez even you?” Currie said.
“Hahaha what’s that supposed to mean?!” Dobbs replied.
Currie never replied.
The popular NFL personality, who was ESPN’s color analyst on Monday Night Football for years after winning a Super Bowl as the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was target No. 1 to replace Jones in the minds of many Tennessee fans.
Wilson’s report explores other discussions of Gruden within Currie’s communications, which ultimately will probably underwhelm those who thought “Grumors” were a serious thing within the coaching search that ended with Currie’s replacement (Phillip Fulmer) hiring former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
The Gruden obsession within the Tennessee fan base seemingly stems from a blend of his stint as a graduate assistant with the Vols back in 1986-87 mixed with the national appeal to his personal brand and his winning track record at the professional level.
As it turns out, Gruden was interested in a return to coaching after a decade in the announcers booth. It just wasn’t at Tennessee. In January, just a month after the conclusion of the Tennessee search, Gruden signed a massive 10-year, $100 million contract to return for a second stint as the coach of the Oakland Raiders.
More revelations on the John Currie coaching search at Tennessee
- Tennessee documents reveal Chip Kelly job offer report ‘complete fabrication planted by his agent’
- University of Tennessee settles with former AD John Currie for $2.5 million
- Email reveals Mike Leach was ready to accept Tennessee football coaching job
- John Currie pleaded with national college football writer to help make Greg Schiano popular hire
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