Tennessee has reportedly fired its athletic director amid a disastrous coaching search

  • Tennessee athletic director John Currie is reportedly out amid a messy search for a new football coach.
  • Tennessee had reportedly come to an agreement with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but ended the deal due to backlash.
  • Tennessee had reportedly reached out to several other candidates who turned down the job.


Amid a messy search for a new football coach, the Tennessee Volunteers have reportedly fired athletic director John Currie, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

According to Low, Currie was on a flight back from Los Angeles where he interviewed Washington State coach Mike Leach on Thursday when school officials told him to not make a deal with any coaches.

Currie has held the position since April 1, according to Low.

Tennessee's coaching search turned ugly after the team reportedly came to a deal with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, then reneged over backlash. Schiano had been accused of knowing that Jerry Sandusky had been acting inappropriately with boys during his time at Penn State and not saying anything.

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Coach Greg Schiano in the stands of Rutgers Stadium where he is preparing to tackle the 2001 season. It is his first year as head coach of the Scarlett Knights. (Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights on the sideline during a game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 21, 2006 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rutgers defeated Pittsburgh 20-10. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2001: Greg Schiano, Rutgers University's new football coach, puts his Scarlet Knights through their paces at a morning practice session in Piscataway, N.J. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 9: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights stands on the sideline against of the University of Louisville Cardinals on November 9, 2006 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Louisville 28-25. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 09: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on against the Louisville Cardinals tries to make the tackle at Rutgers Stadium on November 9, 2006 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Rutgers defeated Louisville 28 to 25. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights hugs two of his children after the game with the Kansas State Wildcats in the Texas Bowl on December 28, 2006 at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. Rutgers won 37-10. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
TORONTO - JANUARY 5: Head Coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates his teams victory over the Ball State Cardinals during the International Bowl at the Rogers Centre January 5, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Greg Schiano and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrate their 38-0 victory over the Morgan State Bears at Rutgers Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Jarrett Baker/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks on from the sideline during a Big East Conference college football game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 25, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rutgers defeated the Pitt Panthers 54-34. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to the media at an introduction press conference at the team training facility January 27, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 10: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers smiles as his team warms up just prior to the start of the NFL Preseason Game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with Josh Freeman #5 and Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on September 16, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tampa Bay won 27-21 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22: Bill Belichick of the New England shakes hands with Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their end of their game at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for answers on a call from head linesman Tony Veteri at Ford Field on November 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01: Coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 27-6. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches action during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a game against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 48-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Since then, Tennessee's net has been cast wide but failed to reel in any coaches. According to Low, Currie also reached out to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy, Duke's David Cutcliffe, NC State's Dave Doeren, Purdue's Jeff Brohm and then-Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. According to various reports, all of the coaches turned down the opportunity.

After a disappointing 4-8 season, Tennessee's coaching search has only riled the fan base, according to Low. During a campus wrestling event, people in attendance reportedly chanted "Fire Currie!"

According to Low, the school signed Currie to a five-year contract worth $900,000 annually, and would owe him $5.5 million if he is fired without cause.

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