Tennessee's Plan E Proves Successful: Vols Hire LA Tech's Derek Dooley

We can now add Duke's David Cutcliffe to the growing list of coaching candidates that have turned down Tennessee's job opening. Anyone wanna coach the Vols? Anyone? How about you, Derek Dooley? You'll do.

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Tenneesee Hires Derek Dooley To Be Next Head Coach

ESPN’s Joe Schad says it’s now official: Tennessee has hired Derek Dooley as its next head coach. Dooley was the 6th or 7th choice on their list, and well … Rocky Top Talk put it best: “What’s the opposite of splash?”

For a refresher — or more likely, an introduction — on who Dooley is, see Spencer Hall’s previously posted intelligence report.

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Source: David Cutcliffe Not Hired By Tennessee

And the dance continues. Earlier Thursday afternoon, reports surfaced out of North Carolina that David Cutcliffe was leaving Duke to become the head football coach at Tennessee. Not so fast. 

The Knoxville News Sentinel is now saying that there has been no deal reached to bring Cutcliffe to Tennessee, according to a "source close to the situation." 

While there appears to be mutual interest and a deal could be struck, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said earlier in the day that the interviewing process is ongoing.

This was confirmed by WBIR contributor Brent Hubbs of Volquest.com, who said that he's "spoken to Cutcliffe personally--and Cutcliffe told him that report is not true."

So, we're right back to where we started. Which is with a Tennessee football program without a coach. Perhaps Wes Rucker, reporter for the Chattanooga TFP, said it best: "Dang, people. Vols have had a coaching vacancy for less than 48 hours ... Chill."

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Report: David Cutcliffe Is Headed To Tennessee

According to a report by WFMY in Durham, North Carolina, David Cutcliffe is leaving Duke and returning to Tennessee to replace Lane Kiffin as the school's new head coach. 

There of course has been no official announcement, just that a "source close to Cutcliffe told WFMY that Cutcliffe would be making the move back to Vol country." Additionally: "Conversations between 10News and our counterparts at WFMY indicate that the source is close to Cutcliffe and reliable."

It's obviously still very early in this report, so expect more updates, both in this StoryStream and at Rocky Top Talk

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Report: David Cutcliffe To Release Statement 'Soon'

Since just about everyone is turning down Tennessee for their head coaching position, they have been forced to move on to former offensive coordinator and current Duke head coach, David Cutcliffe. Maybe. According to Rocky Top Talk, an "inside source at the Duke Athletic Department, David Cutcliffe is set to make some sort of an announcement shortly." 

This could mean ... anything. Or absolutely nothing. But it's all certainly ... interesting, especially considering Troy Calhoun just recently released his own statement, saying he was staying at Air Force. 

And now, to add some fuel to this Internet fire of a rumor: Duke currently has no football staff listed for 2010 on its official athletic site. Do with that what you will. 

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UPDATE: As JackD points out in the comments, the Duke football coaches page is back up, with a big ol' picture of David Cutcliffe right at the top. 

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Troy Calhoun Staying At Air Force

Air Force put a quick end to any and all thoughts of head coach Troy Calhoun leaving to takeover at Tennessee. The school released a statement from Calhoun Thursday afternoon, saying he is staying at the Academy. 

"We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy. We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010."

David Cutcliffe, Tennessee turns its lonely eyes toward you. 

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