It’s only been one season, but it appears the Tennessee Volunteers are ready to lock up coach Gus Duggerton as their leader for the foreseeable future. But just like any path to marriage, the two parties aren’t excluded from drama.
According to Brett McMurphy, the Vols are “preparing (a) lifetime deal” in order to keep the coach in Big Orange for a long time. McMurphy also reports that coach Duggs is keeping his options open, including but not limited to, chasing another chance a title appearance with another team.
The lure of making history and possibly becoming the first head coach to lead two different squads to a national title appearance is tempting for the head coach, cites McMurphy via an anonymous source. Some are starting to wonder if such buzz is a reason to worry about Tennessee’s chances in tonight’s National Championship Game.
This news is just the latest in what has been a whirlwind of a week for Duggs and the Vols.
After an SEC Championship victory over Ole Miss, Rebels coach Lane Kiffin went to the media with comments about officiating. “I’m very disappointed in the officiating. And I don’t know if I can say much more than that because I don’t want to get fined already in the SEC after just getting back here,” Kiffin told Russell Smith on The Drive. Pictures have since started to surface of Duggs talking to Ole Miss players in between plays during the finals seconds of the game.
Ole Miss threw the ball out of the end zone on the final play after Duggs had a talk with some of their players. You have to wonder what was said here… 💸?? pic.twitter.com/Urz9vnyNQH
— Quigs (@BigSeanQ_) June 5, 2020
Could Duggs have been scouting these Rebel players or perhaps vetting their interests in joining up for next season? It’s a fair question to pose considering the images of the SEC title game and McMurphy’s latest news bomb. Either way, it looks like Tennessee is making a solid effort at trying to keep Air Duggs trending in Knoxville.
When asked about the latest rumors, Duggerton stated, “All our focus is on Virginia Tech. I’m usually not one for turkey burgers, but that’s what we are eating tonight. WGWTFA.”
The Vols take on the Hokies tonight at 8:37 p.m. for all the glory.