Tennessee football top 10 candidates updated after John Currie sets prerequisites – SECcountry.com
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football has moved on from Butch Jones, in the locker room, on the recruiting trail and with a coaching search.
Vols athletic director John Currie spelled out the requirements for what will be the fifth Tennessee head coach within 10 years.
• “The highest integrity and vision to propel Tennessee to championships.”
• “A commitment to doing things the right way.”
• “Someone who understands the magnitude that comes along with [this job].”
Currie implied that the new coach must have a championship in his background, saying “we expect our coach to have the dynamics that would enable him to lead us to where we know Tennessee should be — our coach needs to know what that looks like.”
Sources close to the situation told SEC Country that head-coaching experience will be mandatory, and Currie is looking to hire a proven commodity as he recognizes his future as athletic director is tied to the appointment.
Currie told Tennessee 2018 QB commitment Adrian Martinez that “if there’s not a new head coach by Dec. 20, then there will be a new AD in town.”
Another key clue that the coaching search is much further along than anyone might realize is that Currie said Tennessee is not using a search committee.
Currie is relatively new to his position with the Vols — taking over April 1 — but he’s not new to the game.
Currie invested nearly eight years as Kansas State’s athletic director, where he was named as one of four Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award winners in 2016.
Prior to that, Currie worked under Mike Hamilton and Doug Dickey as an administrator at Tennessee for some 10 years, where he was afforded a