College Football Rumors: Tennessee Offers Head Coaching Job to Mike Gundy

By Kris Hughes
Richard Rowe – USA Today Sports


Since yesterday morning, several candidates have been rumored to be considered by the Tennessee Volunteers as the next head football coach to replace the recently fired Derek Dooley.

Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong was at one point yesterday believed to be the front-runner for the job, but word has now emerged he is no longer interested, and the focus has turned to Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.

According to a few Twitter accounts and reports this morning, Mike Gundy has been presented with a formal offer by Tennessee:

Mike Gundy would be an outstanding fit for a Tennessee program that needs an offensive-minded, high-energy man at the helm who isn’t afraid to go to bat for, and protect his players to allow them to concentrate on football.

Gundy’s no-nonsense approach should shape the Volunteers back into what they have always been: an SEC power that is feared, not taken lightly as a soft spot on the conference slate.

Gundy’s ability to recruit Texas in the past also has to be attractive to Tennessee– as it would be to anyone else– as the recruiting hotbed is a new pool of talent which many Southern schools don’t typically exploit but would love to if given the opportunity.

The change in orange from shocking to more subdued hues seems like a nice fit for Mike Gundy, in our opinion.

On the flipside, however, it could just as easily be argued this is a lateral move, similar to the one we just saw with Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema accepting the job with the Arkansas Razorbacks yesterday afternoon. If you have a good thing where you are, why add the complications of the SEC?

Why not, I guess? The SEC has a powerful pull, that’s for sure.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

Kris is the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.


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