The Tennessee Grumors have reached comedically high levels, especially when a local restaurant partakes in the madness by trolling everybody.
But let’s assume for the sake of argument that Jon Gruden isn’t the Vols’ next head coach. Who should John Currie and company set their sights on?
Here are three names who should be aggressively pursued should the Grusades fall through.
Campbell (37) is a budding superstar in the coaching world. In only his second season at Iowa State, Campbell already has a superior resume to that of Butch Jones, collecting wins over then top five Oklahoma and TCU, and near wins over West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
As corny as it sounds, Campbell is a big believer in the following mantra — If you love the process, the process will love you right back.
What’s difficult to process is Campbell’s absurd buyout, which will force him to shell out a truckload of cash should he decide to leave the Cyclones. However, this shouldn’t deter Tennessee, who should bite the bullet and help pay his buyout, salary, and Jones’ buyout at the same time.
It’s a hefty price, but the short-term pain will lead to a long-term gain. And really, should it matter? Tennessee was reported to have offered Gruden $10+ million per year.
The slander toward Mullen needs to end.
Mississippi State struggled to beat Arkansas, a program going through intense turmoil off the field. Because of this, people dubbed Mullen mediocre.
Blasphemy. Did everyone suddenly forget that this man nearly beat Alabama just one week ago?
Remember, this man is coaching at Mississippi State, the hardest program to succeed at in the SEC West. Yet, Mullen has just secured his fifth 8-win season in nine years at Starkville.
In addition, he’s a bright offensive mind with a knack for developing quarterbacks. Both qualities are sorely missing in Knoxville right now.
If Moorhead was named Tennessee’s next head coach, fans would probably riot and attempt to burn down Neyland Stadium. Although I’m strongly against arson, I would understand the frustration.
Moorhead’s only head coaching experience came at Fordham, where he had tremendous success in four seasons (38-13). As the offensive coordinator at Penn State, he has turned around a Nittany Lion offense that barely existed during James Franklin’s first two seasons in Happy Valley.
It’s a massive risk, but after Campbell and Mullen, there aren’t many viable options left. At that point, Currie can either play it super conservative and go after Mike Norvell from Memphis, or he can take a leap of faith on a creative offensive mind.
Here’s more on why Moorhead at Tennessee would work.
As a program, Tennessee is at a crossroads. Kirby Smart is turning Georgia into a powerhouse, and with Florida potentially snagging Chip Kelly, the pressure for a knockout hire in Knoxville is higher than ever, which is part of the reason why the Grumors are so prominent.
Vol Nation is desperate for a return to glory, and as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. What will John Currie do?