Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach on the Tennessee Vols head coaching search in 2017 leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019.
August is here. The Tennessee Vols will be playing football this month, so it’s time to get excited about the preseason! That’s what everybody is thinking about, but today is also going to involve a rehashing of old wounds.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with a reference to the 2017 coaching search. You know, the almost Greg Schiano hire that followed with a rejection by Mike Gunday, a botched contract negotiation with Jeff Brohm, another rejection by Dave Doeren (after fans nearly protested again), and then the almost hire of Mike Leach before John Currie lost his job.
Yeah, that one is in the story. We also have news about the start of NFL preseason and how it relates to Rocky Top. And there’s some Lady Vols news that warrants coverage as well. So let’s get started, beginning with a trip back to 2017.
Mike Leach discusses 2017 coaching search – Paul Finebaum Show
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach talked about the Tennessee Vols’ almost-hire of him during the 2017 coaching search on the heels of firing Butch Jones. After the disaster that began with Greg Schiano, Leach was John Currie’s final attempt at a hail may hire before Phillip Fulmer replaced him and then hired Jeremy Pruitt. Here’s what Leach said about the search.
"“It was like something out of Shakespeare. All the sudden, they call home the AD, and en route they off him. Then the king, or the chancellor, who orders the offing of the AD because the guards are around him demanding that it be done in order to secure a position. Shortly after that, they off the president. Then they off the very chancellor who set it all in motion, allegedly. There was a whole power shift. Anyway, hopefully the ground for the good people at Tennessee is more stable now.”"
Over 30 Vols on rosters at start of preseason – Patrick Brown, GoVols247
With the start of NFL preseason set to begin, numerous Tennessee Vols are currently on NFL rosters. Many of them will be trying to make their respective team through the preseason.
"The NFL preseason officially begins with the Hall of Fame Game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday night (8 p.m., NBC). Though Tennessee did not have a player picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, there are still nearly three dozen former Vols on NFL rosters at the start of the season, and one of them isn’t Eric Berry as the Pro Bowl safety continues to be a free agent waiting for a team to pick him up."
Lady Vols discuss European tour – UTSports
Members of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program met with the media Wednesday ahead of their European tour, set to begin Monday, Aug. 5. Kellie Harper and Rennia Davis took questions.
"The team is set to arrive in Netherlands on Aug. 6, where their first game will be against Den Helder on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. local time. Their second game will be in Belgium on Aug. 10 against Laarne at 8 p.m. local time, and their final contest will be on Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. in Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, against Parisian Select."