Originally written December 08, 2012 on thepigskinreport.com:
He may not have been their first option or even among their Top 5, but the University of Tennessee made the right choice when they hired Cincinnati Bearcats coach Butch Jones as the 23rd head coach in the history of Tennessee football. When Derek Dooley was fired on November 18th, immediate speculation surrounded Monday Night Football host Jon Gruden as the favorite replacement. While Vols fans constantly refreshed Twitter and message boards for any news linking Gruden to Tennessee, many outsiders never thought it was a remote possibility. It turns out they were right, after a few short weeks Gruden informed Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart he was not interested in the job. Hart and the Volunteer faithful immediately turned their attention towards two names. Louisville coach Charlie Strong and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. Gundy invited Dave Hart to his home, but it turned out to just be leverage to help Gundy get a raise from Oklahoma State. The attention turned to Strong a...
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