Report: Strong turns down Tennessee job

Does anybody want to coach Tennessee?

The Vols’ search for a head coach will continue as Louisville’s Charlie Strong has reportedly become the latest coach to turn down an offer to succeed Derek Dooley.

Sports Illustrated, citing an anonymous source, is reporting that Louisville and Strong are working on a contract extension that could be announced as early as Thursday.

“It was Charlie’s desire to end this constant speculation and re-commit long-term to Louisville,” the source was quoted as saying.

Strong, the former Florida defensive coordinator, took over the Cardinals program in 2010 and led them to a 10-2 record and a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Florida this year.

On Wednesday it was reported that Tennessee offered the job to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, but Gundy also turned the job down. Earlier speculation had centered on former NFL coach Jon Gruden, but Gruden also said he had no interest in the job.

Tennessee is the last of four SEC schools to fill its coaching vacancy. Kentucky hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, Auburn hired Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn, and Arkansas hired Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema.

The Vols fired Dooley in November after three years on the job. Dooley was 15-21 overall and 4-7 this year. Other names being mentioned for the job include former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis, current North Carolina coach Larry Fedora and fired Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.

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Pete

December 5th, 2012
1:36 pm

What happened with John Gruden ???

dawgballs00

December 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

Gruden was such a pipe dream he never officially rejected it. It would be like an 11th grader sending Aaron Andrews an invitation to be his prom date. It doesn’t even get a response. Somebody chuckles and tosses it in the garbage.

HOG

December 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

Derek Dooley won’t you please come home.

Baker

December 5th, 2012
1:42 pm

Tenn is a nightmare of a job. Shouldve stuck with Dooley.

WhoCares?

December 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

Arkansas got a good one in Bielema. UT seems to be in trouble; Gruden is no fit at all.

dawgballs00

December 5th, 2012
1:47 pm

Rejected!!! Would Fullmer even come back for this job? In two weeks Tennessee will hire a guy who was Nick Saban’s roommate at Kent State and is currently a high school coach with a .600 winning percentage.

RNB

December 5th, 2012
1:48 pm

Strong will get a huge raise and stay at Louisville. Tennessee may get desperate.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

Maybe they shhhhhud athhhhhk Lou Holthhhhh. It would get him off tv

JFKDawg

December 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

And the beat goes on. First picks turn them down. Again. Seems like they would learn to have someone secured before letting the first one go. This is why the Vols have fallen from national prominence, they are managed so poorly.

Matt

December 5th, 2012
1:51 pm

I heard Kirby Smart was a possible for Auburn’s job. No Bobo? Whatever your opinion is of his ability as a coach I do find it interesting that his name never comes up for open positions.

Barbara Dooley

December 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

My boy Derek could be a one year interim coach while y’all try to find someone else. Kinda like that John L. Smith at Arkansas

Bobby Petrino

December 5th, 2012
1:54 pm

We’re both desperate? Whutcha say?

Vols Fan

December 5th, 2012
2:00 pm

Peyton Manning will lead Denver to a Super Bowl and then retire from playing to become the Vols coach. Wait and see…Please Peyton we need you. Please! We are desperate! We need any glimmer of hope. UT football is the titanic of the SEC. Send us a life raft Peyton!

John Gruden

December 5th, 2012
2:04 pm

Tennessee offered to re-name the stadium after me. They also promised me a statue. I still said no.

SAWB

December 5th, 2012
2:06 pm

Paul Johnson???

Jack Kevorkian

December 5th, 2012
2:06 pm

Please. Someone put Tennessee out of their misery. I can’t watch this suffering.

Willie Martinez

December 5th, 2012
2:08 pm

Only 16 more guys have to turn this thing down and I finally will become a head coach!

I hear that...

December 5th, 2012
2:14 pm

…Lane Kiffin is on the hot seat at USCw – maybe he will come back – after all, he said that UGA would never beat TN as long as he was coach, and he was correct…

secbama

December 5th, 2012
2:17 pm

Vols suck. Call the Great Pumpkin…back

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:21 pm

Tenn is under HUGE pressure to upgrade to a coach with a resume kids will recognize and actually move the program forward. This is turning into shades of 3 years ago when Dooley said yes after being the 5th or 6th choice. Believe the public list that made the press so far is Gruden,Strong and Gunden.
They will not hire a no name or an assit. Coach IMO. Looks like the guy Fedora might get the nod…..and excite no one………….Would like to hug Richt when I see him in the spring.

steve

December 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

@1:40 I think she spells it Erin, not Aaron… I agree @interested, a lot of the questions being asked here are answered in the article.

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:22 pm

Big Enos Burdette

December 5th, 2012
2:23 pm

Who’s gonna coach Bama next year when Saban jumps to the Browns.

bh

December 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

would kirby smart go to tenn?

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

Fedora or Golden from Miami….both yawners.

Gay Dawg

December 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

Tenneses has not won a national title in 13 years. i mean pathetic.

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:28 pm

Heard of a sighting of Jerry Glanville at the Knoxville Airport at noon. Held up a sign that said SEC.”.Something Exciting Coming.{”……

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:30 pm

June Jones…..Dan Mullen……..Paul Johnson…….Mike Bobo……lot’s of good hires out there.

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:34 pm

Maybe they could Derek to do another year as a Temp.

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:35 pm

Fulmer sitting all day at home staring at his phone I bet.

mgdawg

December 5th, 2012
2:40 pm

I really don’t know why he would leave. The facilities are great, he’s built a great program that is nationally recognized. Why go to horrible situation and have to rebuild in the toughest conference.

jon

December 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

Down to three: Tuberville, Dabo, Fedora….

Devil's Advocate

December 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

So can we assume that since Kirby Smart’s name hasn’t gained any traction for any of the big openings that he either doesn’t want to coach in the SEC or he’s really coach-in-waiting at Bama? Bama is about to play for yet another BCS Championship so I don’t buy that Smart wouldn’t want to be a distraction to the team when a great career opportunity is waiting. Saban would understand too as he already told Smart to not make lateral moves and hold out for a significant move up. The key to being CIW is that Saban must be suggesting to Smart behind closed doors that he’s not going to stick around too much longer if Smart really has his heart set on Bama. Let’s look at recent SEC openings.

1. Florida – Muschamp, the other recent hot property didn’t wait around forever to take over at Texas and appears to be getting results. This job shouldn’t be available anytime soon.

2. UT – Not a peep about Smart other than from people on message boards.

3. Auburn – Gone quickly without a serious peep about Smart.

The only remaining SEC jobs worth considering with Smart’s stock are Bama, UGA, and LSU but those 3 coaches are pretty safe. Smart’s stock isn’t going to get any higher than it is now so is he waiting to take the first job that becomes available from one of these 3 schools?

DawgColonel

December 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

You snooze, you lose. Tenn should have had something locked up BEFORE letting Dooley go.

Gary Patterson is the best candidate left but I doubt he will leave TCU for Tenn. Likewise for Strong at Louisville.

Kirby Smart is looking more likely all the time.

Erin "spike the ball" Murray

December 5th, 2012
2:46 pm

Monte Kiffin is available.

Pitbull

December 5th, 2012
2:46 pm

Bobby Petrino and his girlfriend can be his Defensive Coordinator.

She can ride to work with him every morning on the back of his motorcycle.

Tennessee fans would eat it up.

Auburn = Clemson without a lake

December 5th, 2012
2:48 pm

I think it’s funny that Arkansas didn’t even want Malzahn. Auburn is so pathetic.

The Ugly Truth

December 5th, 2012
2:50 pm

Nobody with a decent job would leave for Tennessee.

The players that Fulmer recruited are gone.

The players that Kiffen recruited are gone.

The players that Dooley recruited are leaving.

The 2013 Dooley recruiting class has scattered for other schools.

There is little HS talent in Tennessee. Who is going to play for a new coach?

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Tenn is going to settle….and they are going to be miffed. Don’t blame them. Go back to Bama getting Saban. They wouldn’t take no for an answer…..They paid. Bama was a mess at the time also. The AD at Tenn is pretty weak. He should of decided and upped the ainty till he got a yes. Wait till he introduces Fedora or Golden….If anyone shows up to introduce them to.

ATLien

December 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

Arkansas made a good hire but Auburn and Kentucky could have done better. Actually, if Kentucky could have got Malzahn, that would have been a good hire for them.

JB

December 5th, 2012
2:56 pm

Hadn’t thought about it, But Saban might of told Kirby to hang on, If we win #3, Me and my dyed hair is out of here. You be the man then.

Diogenes

December 5th, 2012
2:59 pm

TO: DawgballsXX, glad you have been found, I thought the dawgs had lost theirs. 1 and 11 against top ranked opponents and you have the balls to say any other school is a bad place and will “wander around”? Of course, we knew your vision was limited due to low intellect when we saw your screen name. Use facts not your Richt tainted prejudices.

Mrs Gruden

December 5th, 2012
2:59 pm

Tennessee actually called and offered by husband the job and it caused a serious problem.

When they made the offer we were having dinner and Jon started laughing so hard he choked and I had to call 911 for the EMT’s.

Please get serious and please lose our number.

Paddy

December 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

Louisville’s AD already said he will match any offer for Strong. He is the king of Kentucky!!! Gruden is keeping his tv job. No one will touch Petrino. Golden is a high principal guy and won’t leave Miami in their darkest hour. Paul Brown and Blanton Collier are dead! That leaves Jackie Sherrill & Charlie Pell!

Tucker

December 5th, 2012
3:09 pm

Tennessee and Kentucky are the two least productive states occupied by the SEC when it comes to high school football players. Tennessee is probably the worst, certainly by the square mile. High school programs in Tennessee are nowhere close to what we have in Georgia, nor in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi. Anyone considering the UT job must be willing to recruit heavily outside the state and not rely on any semi-automatic pipeline within the state to take care of 50% or more of the recruitment pool. That is a time-robbing task when in competition with the mega-powers from the other states mentioned. It will take a lot of money to get a topflight coach to risk his career at UT, and they might be better off pursuing someone off the radar, but potentially a star, like a Bobby Wilder at ODU who can tap the Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia market for players and not demand $3-4 million to do it.

Paddy

December 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

Kentucky is still #1 in the hiring sweepstakes!

Paddy

December 5th, 2012
3:14 pm

Tucker…..you make some fine points. But if you must rely on Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia to stock your program you won’t be around long!

BTB

December 5th, 2012
3:29 pm

Read an article earlier that mentioned Strong as a candidate but it said he already said he’s staying in Louisville.

just the truth

December 5th, 2012
3:51 pm

@dawgballs00, who is Aaron Andrews. I doubt he would want to take a man to the prom !! You really must have went to UGA.

Kennesaw State Dawg

December 5th, 2012
3:53 pm

Tennessee hadnt even won a championship since 1998. They are irrelevant.