Tennessee coaching search: Three have interviewed, and now the clock ticks

Andy Lyons

With Auburn and Arkansas hiring coaches on Tuesday, all attention in SEC country swings back to Tennessee.

Tuesday night, SB Nation reported UNC coach Larry Fedora interviewed for the Tennessee job. This followed multiple outlets reporting that Louisville's Charlie Strong and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy have also interviewed, along with reports that this is your final three.

You can find a lot of people who believe Gundy is unhappy with the athletic department arrangement at OSU. So whether he's actually disgruntled enough to leave his alma mater and long-time gig, or if he's just ensuring his name appears in multiple coaching searches (he was the last to be rumored for the Arkansas job before Bret Bielema was announced) is an important point.

Strong could be leaning back toward Louisville, based on Pat Forde's report that Cardinals people are becoming more optimistic he stays. But then there's that awkward press conference. Tension remains high in the Derby City.

Which could leave Fedora, whose brisk, balanced spread offense would ensure the Vols offense remains quite the sore thumb in the SEC East, currently stocked with lots of grueling manball.

With all three having interviewed, unless the Vols have a surprise (MIKE TIRICO?), we could be nearing the end.

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