Is it Cutcliffe for Tennessee?

The University of Tennessee coaching search has entered a new phase, according to reports. You can read the latest below:

AP: Duke coach and former Tennessee assistant David Cutcliffe may be a target in the Volunteers’ search for a new head coach.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton has not commented publicly on who his candidates are to replace Lane Kiffin, who abruptly resigned Tuesday night to coach Southern California.

But Duke spokesman Art Chase called reports of a deal between Cutcliffe and Tennessee inaccurate.

Cutcliffe twice served on Tennessee’s staff and spent eight years as the Vols’ offensive coordinator under former coach Phillip Fulmer. In between his stints in Knoxville, Cutcliffe coached at Mississippi for six seasons and has developed quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Eli Manning during his career.

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun released a statement Thursday saying he was looking forward to coaching the Falcons again in 2010, ending speculation that he was a candidate.

“We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season,” Calhoun said in the statement. “We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010.”

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and TCU coach Gary Patterson have both said they have not been contacted by Tennessee. Another possible candidate, East Carolina coach Skip Holtz, accepted the head coaching job at South Florida on Thursday.

Interim Tennessee coach Kippy Brown said he was a candidate for the job, and Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley and Connecticut coach Randy Edsall could be in the mix.

Hamilton said Wednesday he wanted a new coach in place before coaches could begin live recruiting again on Sunday. He also said he didn’t mind taking an extra day if it meant bringing in the right coach.

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  1. 1
    almightytmc1

    “Hamilton said Wednesday he wanted a new coach in place before coaches could begin live recruiting again on Sunday. He also said he didn’t mind taking an extra day if it meant bringing in the right coach.”
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    WTF?
    Are they really that damn stupid?
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    NOTE TO THE PROUD ALMNI AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE………….
    Dear Sirs,
    SCRAP THIS WHOLE FUCKING YEAR if it means getting the best coach for your program.
    Stop chasing after all of the “current” hot names out there and hire someone in the best interests of the U.
    Dont re-kiffin yourself.

  2. 3
    DAMAGE INC.

    (adding to #2.) — Let them “re-kiffin” themselves — I like to laugh at something week after week even in the off-season in college football. Oh Rocky Flop (singing)…

  3. 5
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    Akin to the parting of the Red Sea? Dude it aint that difficult. If my memory serves me correctly, Steve Spurrier actually had a WINNING record at Duke. Let em bring Cutcliff. Who gives a shit? RTR!

  4. 6
    bamadon

    Let the vols take all the time in picking a head coach!! Longer
    for rivals schools like Alabama to take a few recruits back to
    Tuscaloosa and sign them Feb. 3!! RTR

  5. 7
    julio

    Cutcliffe has turned UT down, apparently over issues about the coaching staff. Newflash to UT – if you don’t trust the guy your are hiring to hire his own freakin’ staff without any input from the administration, you ain’t pickin’ the right guy. Can you imgaine Saban having to ask Mal Moore for permission to hire an asst. coach?

  6. 9
    julio

    Cappy, how in the #@!% are you not putting up multiple stories about this joke of a search at UT??? UT has now been turned down by Muschamp, Troy Calhoun at Air Force, David Cutcliffe at Duke, Kyle Whittingham at Utah, and John Gruden in the last 48 hrs. DUKE, AIR FORCE, AND FREAKIN’ UTAH. This is truly priceless.

  7. 10
    Crimsonite from the planet Crimson in a galaxy far far away. FormerlyE.G. White

    Damn Julia you beat me to it! Can you imagine the embarrassment? Spurned by Utah, Air Force and DUKE and by a defensive coordinator who makes less than a million a year! Ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho! Ha ha ha ha ho ho ho ho! Rocky Flop! RTR!

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