With the coaching search circus that is currently going on in Knoxville, people are looking for someone who can get the job done. As the administration goes around in circles, let’s look look at some coaches that the Vols would find are good fits and proven coaches.
1. Tee Martin
Martin is a former National Championship-winning quarterback (in orange, no less!), an offensive mastermind and a Tennessee alumnus that would mesh well with the program. He would be able to recruit the East Tennessee area well en route to earning the support of the fans. There are already students on campus painting the rock with messages of bringing Tee back home. The man is loved by all and with the right staff, Tee could bring the Vols back to relevance.
Martin is currently the offensive coordinator at USC and has been at USC since 2012. The Trojans rank No. 18 in pass offense and No. 13 in total offense, so obviously Tee Martin knows how to do his job and do it well. Hopefully, if John Currie reaches out to Tee, he doesn’t screw this one up.
2. Les Miles
Les is a proven winner and an all-around good person. He has won a national championship and gone to two — he took a two-loss football team to the BCS National Championship game and defeated No. 1 Ohio State in his first year. Whether you think he’s just lucky or a genius, Tennessee could use some of both.
Miles has his fair share of SEC games and has proven that he can win in the toughest conference in college football. He has a 7-1 record against Dan Mullen and a 3-7 record against Nick Saban, which is more wins than any other current or former SEC coach has against Nick Saban while he was at Alabama. It’s about time the Tide were the ones that got rolled.
3. Mike Leach
The former Texas Tech and current Washington State coach would be a pretty good fit for the Volunteers. He is known most recently for continuously calling out Texas Tech for not paying him after he was released for allegedly inappropriate treatment of former New England Patriots running back Craig James’ son.
Leach had a pretty impressive tenure at Texas Tech, reaching a bowl game in each of the nine years that he was coach, and he is bringing Washington State back into relevance. Hopefully, if Tennessee lands him, it’s the new Mike Leach.
4. Lane Kiffin
A lot of people are calling for Kiffin to return to Knoxville and “return home,” but I can’t in good conscience sit back and forget about what he did in his short tenure. I know that he’s changed and is doing really well at FAU, but his past actions will always be in the back of Vol fans’ minds.
People are painting the rock, reaching out to him on Twitter and chanting his name at basketball games. Whether or not you like Kiffin, you can’t deny that the man knows what he’s doing and can win football games.
5. Dave Doeren
Doeren is currently the head coach at North Carolina State. He has an overall record of 33-30 with the Wolfpack, and is reportedly being “run out” of the university. He has never won more than eight games in a season and is 2-1 in his bowl appearances : the St. Petersburg, Belk, and Independence Bowls.
Doeren has still yet to prove that he can consistently beat the mediocre teams in the middle of the ACC. What makes the athletic department think that he can beat teams like Georgia, Florida, and Alabama every year?
6. Chad Morris
Morris is a relatively new head coach in college football, and in only three years, he has a record of 14-22. He hasn’t proven that he can win games on a consistent basis and his most notable win was last year against No. 11 Houston. Besides that, he has had some pretty abysmal seasons and games.
The SMU Mustangs are currently No. 5 in the American Athletic Conference. That’s not very good. Morris would be a strikeout.
7. Kevin Steele
Besides Schiano, this would be the most catastrophic hire that the University of Tennessee could possibly make. The man hasn’t been the head coach of a college football program since 2002. In his 4 year tenure at Baylor, he had a record of 9-36. Let that sink in.
In his first season, he mustered up an appalling a 1-10 record and finished last in the Big 12. His teams never won more than three games in a single season. He is doing a good job as the defensive coordinator at Auburn, so if Tennessee wants him, it might be for Bob Shoop’s spot.