Second choice: If it’s not Frost, my money is on Memphis coach Mike Norvell. He is Frost light, same guy, same rapid-fire offense, five years younger. Looks the part, good offensive mind. Truly reminds me of basketball coaches Billy Donovan and Mike White when UF hired them.
TENNESSEE: Brace yourselves for this because I do think it’s the big name – just not that big name. I think UT just might land Chip Kelly. I know all the rumors, or “Grumors,” are about Jon Gruden, but I just don’t believe he gives up the ridiculously high-paying ESPN job, where he remains undefeated. But I do think Kelly gives up TV; I think he’s dying to get back into coaching. And the Vols, who have been so bad, need a high-profile hire in the worse way.
Tennessee has had one winning SEC season in the past 10 years. The Vols currently hold a losing streak against every other SEC team. The fans are starving for a big splash. Kelly would be that.
What could go wrong? SEC commissioner Greg Sankey would have to approve it since Kelly formerly had an NCAA show cause penalty. In addition, the UCLA job could come open and many have linked Kelly to that job because of his experience on the West Coast with Oregon.
Second choice: If not Kelly, I think it’s Dan Mullen. Despite what some are assuming, I don’t think he’s in play at Florida, even though he coached there and worked for Florida AD Scott Stricklin at Mississippi State. I just think there is a better chance he lands in Knoxville.
OLE MISS: I didn’t think so before, but now I think interim coach Matt Luke gets the job on a full-time basis. This is a school that has had so much outside noise, does it really need more change? Luke is an Ole Miss guy who truly knows and loves the place. And more important, his offense is lighting up scoreboards, even after the loss of heralded quarterback Shea Patterson to injury.
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