Tennessee parts ways with AD John Currie amid tumultuous coaching search

Posted December 02, 2017

After Tennessee fired athletic director John Currie Friday morning, a report detailing the timeline of his dismissal has surfaced. "He has been a student-athlete, a head coach, and a father of UT student-athletes", Davenport said. 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. In addition, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and NC State coach Dave Doeren were among many coaches to turn down the job. The whole search has become a punchline.

Conjecture was running wild on social media Friday after the announcement as multiple national media outlets pointed fingers at former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, describing Fulmer's actions as sabotage.

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Is this all Currie's fault? Currie was named Tennessee's AD in February of this year.

Yep, life comes at you fast. A deal to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano fell through after fan protest caused talks to break down. Before Leach took over as head coach in 2012, the Cougars hadn't had a winning season since 2003 when they went 10-3.

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Hours after seemingly approaching the end of a long, winding and controversial coaching search, the University of Tennessee Athletic Department was upended again Friday morning.

Leach didn't respond from a text message from The Spokesman-Review and a WSU spokesperson did not wish to comment on the situation. Currie met Thursday with Washington State coach Mike Leach. He was 84-43 at Texas Tech before being fired after the 2009 season.

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The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, also wrote of the Los Angeles meeting, saying Leach was scheduled subsequently to fly back to Pullman. As SI reported earlier this week, there is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed.