Tennessee reportedly limiting John Currie's role in coaching search

Tennessee reportedly limiting John Currie's role in coaching search

Beyond the sentimental pull of staying at Oklahoma State, coaching Tennessee may not even be a significant upgrade for Gundy.

Former quarterback Peyton Manning and head coach Phillip Fulmer - along with UT president Joe DiPierto - are reportedly taking on "greater active roles" as the Vols attempt to negotiate with Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, among other candidates, according to Gridiron Now's John Brice. He has had some friction with his athletic director over the years, and Tennessee could certainly pay him a lot more than the $4 million salary he's getting now.

Another option for Tennessee is USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who we've been told is in play for this job and has a legit shot at it. Martin has coached in the SEC as an assistant at Kentucky. "Tennessee, meanwhile, has a 53-50 record since Phillip Fulmer stepped down as the Volunteers" head coach in 2008. It will be the first bowl game for Purdue since 2012.

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However, Gundy is also an Oklahoma State alum, and has repeatedly said he is rooted at his alma mater.

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Gundy, best known for his mullet and "I'm a man " speech, arrived at Oklahoma State in 2005 and has seem much success over his 12 seasons at the helm including five seasons with at least 10 regular season wins.

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