Tennessee may end up ending its coaching search with the Mad Hatter.
According to a report from Go Vols 247, new Vols director Phillip Fulmer has reached out to, among other candidates, former LSU coach Les Miles to take over the program.
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According to a report from The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.), Miles said there has been “No real news!!” in regard to Tennessee reaching out to him. Still, Miles, 64, would likely be extremely interested in the position. He has stressed he wants to return to coaching ever since LSU fired him four games into the 2016 season.
Other names on the short list of potential candidates include Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, recently fired Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and former Vols quarterback Tee Martin, who led the team to the 1998 BCS championship and is currently wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator at USC.
Any of those candidates would be a welcome sight in Knoxville after the Volunteers’ disastrous coaching search, which began in earnest when fans publicly rebuked a potential hiring of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Things only got worse, as Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy and N.C. State’s Dave Doeren reportedly turned down the position. The thus-far fruitless search eventually resulted in the hiring of first-year athletic director John Currie.
In the end, maybe a little madness is what Tennessee needs to get off the coaching carousel.