KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee Athletic Director John Currie has been fired, according to numerous reports.
Chynna Greene from WVLT in Knoxville was the first to break the news.
#BREAKING: According to sources, UTAD John Currie has been fired after only 8 months on the job— Chynna Greene (@ChynnaGreene) December 1, 2017
WBIR and others are also reporting Currie's firing as the Volunteer's athletic director.
Former head coach, Phillip Fulmer, was appointed as acting athletics director Friday afternoon.
Currie has been under scrutiny as the Vols searched for a new head football coach to replace Butch Jones. The school was poised to hire Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday, but backlash led to the school pulling its offer, according to numerous reports.
Tennessee has interviewed several prospective coaches in recent days, but no hire had been made. ESPN's Chris Low described the coaching search as "disastrous."
Just filed to ESPN: Tennessee has parted ways with AD John Currie on the heels of what has been a disastrous Tennessee coaching search. He met with university officials on Friday morning, and the decision was made then.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 1, 2017
Friday morning, it appeared the school was working toward a deal with Washington State head coach Mike Leach, but the firing of John Currie clouds the status of that move.
Sources: John Currie was prepared to hire Mike Leach but university officials wouldn’t allow him to do so. Phillip Fulmer has been sabotaging search process in hopes to become Tennessee’s AD— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 1, 2017
We will keep you updated on this situation as details progress.
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