The Tennessee Volunteers have remained at the center of the college football world for the past several days. Mid-season, the university and the football program parted ways with Butch Jones. Opting for an interim until the conclusion of the regular season, it appeared as though Tennessee agreed to terms with Greg Schiano. That was until an outcry from the fan base torpedoed the talks.
Once again opening up the search for the next head coach, the Volunteers began to zero in on Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy. Producing at least nine wins in eight of thirteen season, one could argue that no coach has done more with less. Why has the word less been used here? Gundy’s recruiting classes often fall to No. 30 in the country. Yet, the head coach sports a 68.1 win percentage.
As rumors continue to swirl, one thing can be confirmed. Due to a clause in Gundy’s current contract, the coach must inform the university of intentions to speak with another program. ESPN’s Chris Low confirmed as much via twitter. In reality, most know that it would take quite a bit to lure Gundy away from Stillwater.
Currently making $4.2M per year, Gundy has invested a large chunk of his life at Oklahoma State. Not only did the head coach quarterback the Cowboys, but he now has a successful program. In stark contrast, Tennessee has been anything but successful and looks like a mess at this point in time.
Can a new coach — more specifically Mike Gundy — resurrect the Tennessee Volunteers? And does one as successful as Gundy really want to attempt the feat?