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Rumor Mill: Who could be the next coach at UT?

12:33 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
  • Head Coach Derek Dooley will officially not be coaching the Vols next season. Who will be his successor? Rumors are circulating. Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
  • Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is the highest paid assistant on Nick Saban's staff. He has turned down other head coaching jobs to remain at Alabama. Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
  • Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes replaced Derek Dooley at that school, and has a 9-1 record this year. ESPN calls him one of the most "buzzed about" head coaches this year. Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE
  • Darrell Hazell is head coach at Kent State, and taking that team to its first bowl game since 1972. : Danny Wild-US PRESSWIRE
  • David Cutcliff is having success at Duke, but he spent much of his career as an offensive coordinator for the Vols. UDPATE: Cutcliff said on Sunday that he would be remaining at Duke. Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
  • Update: Sources say Gruden was not interested in speaking to UT about the job. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden got his start in coaching at UT, and met his wife here. But he's an NFL guy, and the chances of him coming to Knoxville seem very slim. Daniel Plassmann-US PRESSWIRE
  • Former Arkansas Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino is in the market for a new job, and has proven he can have success in the SEC. Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
  • Update: Strong turned down an offer from Dave Hart. Louisville head coach Charlie Strong has coached before in the SEC. Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE
  • Update: Gundy says he's staying at Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy is said to be a top candidate for the UT and Arkansas job, and has interviewed with Dave Hart. He is currently at Oklahoma State. Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
  • Larry Fedora just capped a winning first season at North Carolina. He is said to be interviewing with Dave Hart on Tuesday. Photo by Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
  • Gary Patterson has been head coach at TCU since 2000. He is said to be a leading candidate for the Arkansas head coaching job. Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE
  • Greg Roman is currently the offensive coordinator at Stanford. He has previously worked under Jim Harbaugh, and rumor has it he told a friend would take the job if offered. Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
  • Vandy head coach James Franklin has definitely helped Vanderbilt's performance on the field. Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE
  • Former Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer would surely love another chance to helm the team he loves. Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE
    
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Now that Head Coach Derek Dooley is officially not coaching the Vols next season, rumors are flying about who could be lined up to replace him. Click through the photo gallery to see some of the names being proposed by the media and fans.

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