As of Thursday evening Tennessee had turned their attention to WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen's protege Mike Leach.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. The athletic director fired Butch Jones with two weeks to go in the regular season and thought he had his replacement on Sunday with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.
In the days after Schiano, Tennessee reportedly chased after coaches like Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and NC State's Dave Doeren. He was a Hall of Fame coach at Tennessee and is the second-winningest coach in program history. The Boilermakers (6-6) are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. People chanted "Fire Currie" on a handful of occasions Monday night during a wrestling show on campus and again Wednesday night during the Tennessee men's basketball team's victory over Mercer.
A familiar face will be taking over the Tennessee Volunteer Athletic Department. If he were to leave Purdue before December 5, Brohm would owe $5 million to the university, according to ESPN.
Davenport said that Fulmer will continue the Vols football coach search beginning immediately.
At his introductory news conference, Currie boldly said that Tennessee "can and should be the very best athletics program in the country".
FootballScoop on Thursday named Grinch one of seven finalists for Defensive Coordinator of the Year.
Fulmer was announced by Davenport as "acting athletic director". As SI reported earlier this week, there is a growing faction at Tennessee pushing to get Currie removed.
Fulmer previously served as a special advisor to the Tennessee president before being hired as AD.
Fulmer said he had no timetable for the school's hiring of its next coach, nor does he have a list of candidates "because all of this has happened so fast".