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January, 13, 2010

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's top target to replace Lane Kiffin as head coach is Texas defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, according to several people close to the situation.

Muschamp was also high on the Vols' list when they hired Kiffin, but Texas took him to nearly $1 million per year and also gave him the coach-in-waiting title for when Mack Brown retires.


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Texas' Will Muschamp heads Tennessee's wish list.
Tennessee is prepared to pay big money to get Muschamp, and the two sides could talk as early as Wednesday. Ultimately, prying Muschamp away from Texas will be difficult. Plus, if he's intent on staying at Texas, Tennessee's interest will only help his leverage with the Longhorns and perhaps give him a clearer definition of when he might take over as head coach.

Some other names to watch are Ole Miss' Houston Nutt, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Air Force's Troy Calhoun, TCU's Gary Patterson, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Duke's David Cutcliffe and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

The long shot would be Jon Gruden, whom the Vols had interest in when they hired Kiffin. But with Gruden out of coaching now, he might not be as much of a long shot anymore. Plus, he does have Tennessee ties. He was a graduate assistant under John Majors in the 1980s, and his wife is a former Tennessee cheerleader.

If Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton is looking to make a splash, the two biggest splashes he could make with Vols fans right now would probably be Muschamp or Gruden.

And make no mistake: Given what just happened with Kiffin, Hamilton definitely needs to make a splash.

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January 13th, 2010, 4:47 pm
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I don't see Muschamp leaving. There have been reports to players who have committed to Texas saying they have been called and informed that Muschamp is not leaving.

I REALLY hope these reports are true.

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January 14th, 2010, 9:18 am
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TCU coach Gary Patterson has not had any contact with Tennessee officials and has no plans to meet with them, he said Wednesday night through the TCU media relations department.

Mark Cohen, TCU media relations director, said he spoke with Patterson just after 5 p.m. CT in the TCU athletic offices, and the coach said he had not heard from anyone associated with the Volunteers' search for a new coach.


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Tennessee is in the market for Lane Kiffin's replacement after Kiffin accepted the job at USC. Patterson interviewed for the Tennessee job last year before Kiffin was named coach.

Patterson, who turns 50 next month, just returned from Orlando, Fla., where he accepted the AFCA Coach of the Year Award. It was Patterson's ninth national coaching honor following a 12-1 season, the program's first BCS bowl appearance and a No. 6 ranking in the final polls.

Patterson has six 10-win seasons in his last eight years at TCU, including five 11-win campaigns since 2003. He was the 2009 Mountain West Conference coach of the year. He also won league coach of the year awards in 2002 and 2005.

Patterson agreed to a new long-term contract with TCU in December that runs through 2016 season.

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January 14th, 2010, 2:27 pm
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Will Muschamp, Texas' defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting, has turned down a lucrative offer to be Tennessee's new coach, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.

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Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton continued to work toward having a coach in place by this weekend, and one of the candidates the Vols are zeroing in on now is Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who is a former Tennessee offensive coordinator.

Sources told ESPN.com that Cutcliffe has talked with Tennessee officials, although he's not the only candidate the Vols are considering.

Lane Kiffin left Tennessee to take the USC job Tuesday evening after only one season in Knoxville.

Air Force's Troy Calhoun and Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley are two other coaches on Tennessee's list, and the Vols also might be interested in talking to Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Calhoun has called a team meeting for later Thursday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette, although there's no word on what the meeting concerns. Calhoun was one of the Vols' finalists when Kiffin was hired, and Hamilton and members of the Tennessee search party were impressed with him the first time around, especially the fact that he has an NFL background.

Tennessee made a hard push for Muschamp and made it clear that money wasn't an issue. But in the end, Muschamp believed it was best for him to stay at Texas, where he's already contractually in line to replace Mack Brown when Brown retires.

"I'm happy at Texas and plan to be here for a long time," Muschamp said in a statement issued through a school spokesperson Wednesday night.

At the time, Muschamp did not rule out the possibility of leaving Austin for Knoxville, but sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that the Vols had indeed turned their attention away from Muschamp and were focusing on other candidates.

With the recruiting period going live again on Sunday, the Vols are working feverishly to have a new coach in place by then.

Kippy Brown, in his third stint at Tennessee, has been named the Vols' interim coach. Brown on Wednesday said he's been told that he also would be considered for the permanent head coaching job.

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January 14th, 2010, 2:28 pm
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Posted: Jan 14, 2010 9:54 AM PST
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COLORADO SPRINGS (WATE) -- Published reports of a team meeting called Thursday by Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun give more rise to speculation he could be in line for the Tennessee job.

A report by the Colorado Gazette says multiple sources have reported the meeting is scheduled for 3:50 Mountain Time, or 5:50 Eastern Time.

Although the subject of the meeting wasn't given, reports are swirling that Calhoun is one of Tennessee's top choices.

The Tennessee job came open when Lane Kiffin left after one season to take over as head coach at USC.

Calhoun's name was mentioned the same night as Kiffin's announcement. Sources say he was widely considered as the runner-up to Kiffin after the departure of Phillip Fulmer.

When asked about Tennessee by phone with the Denver Post Wednesday night, Calhoun said, "Anything that is just chatter. I'm dedicated to the Air Force Academy. I have no idea where these things originate. I love being part of the process here at the academy that is an influence on our great young people."

Calhoun's bio page says he's the only coach in the 100-plus year history of service academy football to lead teams to at least eight regular-season wins and a bowl game in each of his first two seasons.

Calhoun is 17-9 in two seasons. He took over a program that had posted three straight losing seasons and lead his team to wins at Notre Dame and Utah.

Calhoun has also taken the team to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since becoming a member of the Mountain West Conference.

In conference play, Calhoun is 11-5, the most wins in school history in consecutive years. His .688 winning percentage is the fourth best in MWC history.

Air Force is 9-3 under Calhoun during the second half of the season. The team went 5-1 in 2007 and 4-2 last year.

Before Calhoun arrived, Air Force was 12-24 during the final six regular season games over the last six years.

The Falcons finished 8-5 overall last year and fourth in the conference with a 5-3 mark. The team played in the Armed Forces Bowl for the second consecutive year.

Air Force finished the 2007 season 9-4 overall and second in the MWC with a 6-2 mark in Calhoun's first year.

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Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun has called a team meeting, according to GoVolsXtra.com, fueling speculation that he may be hired as the next coach of Tennessee's football team. Calhoun has been named as a possible candidate to succeed Lane Kiffin, who abruptly left his position to take the same job at USC.

Kiffin's stunning departure caused riots across the Knoxville campus, leading to the public defacement of UT's famed rock.

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January 14th, 2010, 2:33 pm
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's whirlwind search for a new coach ended Friday with the Volunteers hiring Derek Dooley of Louisiana Tech.

Dooley was introduced Friday night, saying he learned early that Tennessee was the essence of college football.

He also promised he will not try to sell Tennessee in a sound bite, perhaps a welcome dig at Lane Kiffin, who wound up reprimanded by the Southeastern Conference for his comments. Dooley promised to build the program with a foundation of integrity.

Like his predecessor -- Kiffin -- he comes with a short head coaching resume.

The son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley went 17-20 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech and was the only coach in major college football to also serve as his school's athletic director. He holds a law degree and previously worked for several years under Nick Saban at LSU and with the Miami Dolphins, including as a recruiter for the Tigers.

"Derek is one of the bright young coaches in America. He understands our league and the competitive environment in which we compete," Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said. "He took a very difficult first head coaching job and has made significant strides there in a short period of time.

"He is incredibly bright, a tireless recruiter and excellent on-the-field coach."

"Louisiana Tech University and the Ruston community will always hold a special place in my heart," Dooley said in a statement Friday. "The foundation for success has been established and a bright future lies ahead for the university and the athletics program."

The Volunteers hired him just days after Kiffin abruptly quit, bolting to Southern California only 14 months into his tenure with the Vols. Dooley was hired from a list of candidates that was believed to include Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.

Aside from his pedigree, Tennessee's attraction to the 41-year-old Dooley includes the time he spent working as an assistant and recruiter for Saban. Still, his limited head coaching experience makes him -- like Kiffin, whose only head coaching stint prior to Tennessee was a brief, bad one with the Oakland Raiders -- a somewhat risky pick.

Dooley's uncle, former North Carolina and Virginia Tech coach Bill Dooley, voiced support for his nephew.

"I think he'll do well anywhere he goes, and at Tennessee, he would do very well," Bill Dooley said in a phone interview from his home in Wilmington, N.C. "When you get a law degree, it gives you a little notch up. He's got his feet on the ground. He's levelheaded.

Dooley's father, Vince, who coached at rival Georgia from 1964 to 1988 and won the 1980 national title, did not return a call to his cell phone seeking comment.

Derek Dooley worked as LSU's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 2000 through 2003's signing day, landing classes rated No. 1 in 2001 and 2003. He coached LSU's running backs and special teams in 2003 and 2004.

He followed Saban to the Dolphins as tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006 before leaving for Louisiana Tech in December 2006.

Dooley was a receiver in college at Virginia. After earning his law degree from Georgia, he worked as an attorney for two years before starting his coaching career at Georgia in 1996 as a graduate assistant. He also worked as assistant recruiting coordinator at SMU from 1997-99 until being hired by Saban.

He went to Louisiana Tech in December 2006 as one of the youngest coaches in FBS and added the athletic director title in March 2008. He led the Bulldogs to their first bowl victory in more than three decades, beating Northern Illinois at the 2008 Independence Bowl.

"We are grateful for the contributions that Derek made to Louisiana Tech Athletics and we wish him luck in his new position," Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau said.

Louisiana Tech has appointed offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo to be its interim football coach and formed a committee to find a full-time replacement for Doole

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