University of Tennessee Volunteers Fire Athletic Director John Currie

The University of Tennessee Volunteers has fired Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director John Currie after only eight months on the job. The firing comes after one of the worst seasons in school history. Also, a coaching search that has cratered to depths never seen.

Tennessee named Currie to his positions on February 28, 2017, and began his duties on April 1, 2017. He previously served as the director of athletics at Kansas State from 2009 until earlier this year. Prior to that, Currie earned his master’s degree from Tennessee. Furthermore, he served in the school’s athletic department in various capacities from 1997-98 and 2000-09. He left Tennessee in May 2009 to accept the AD position at Kansas State.

This past Wednesday night, ‘Fire Currie’ chants echoed at Thompson-Boling Arena. Vol fans took their disappointment in Tennessee football to the basketball arena. Students voiced their passionate thoughts on the search for a replacement for Butch Jones. The University of Tennessee relieved Jones of his head football coach position on Nov. 12. The exhausting coaching search has caused tension and uncertainty between fans and staff.

Since the Greg Schiano debacle, when an agreement was pulled back due to the backlash among the Volunteer Nation, a running list of candidates have turned down the coaching position. The list includes John Gruden of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, David Cutcliffe of Duke, and Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State University. Additionally, Jeff Brohm of Purdue is on the list. Dan Mullen, who took the position at Florida was also on the list. Chad Morris of Southern Methodist University and Dave Doeren of N.C. State are also included.

On top of the list of candidates who have shut down the Tennessee position, the university still owes Butch Jones $8.257 million as a result of his contract buyout. 2017 was the worst season in UT football history, with a record of 4-8, and 0-8 in the SEC.

The exhausting coaching search has caused tension and uncertainty between fans and staff. After all the misfires and strife caused, John Currie met with Chancellor Beverly Davenport this morning, and the shoe finally dropped, and a sad chapter in Volunteer history has come to a close.

 

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