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.