The Tennessee Football coaching search has been full of wild, unpredictable turns. And Thursday has been no different.
A source has told A to Z Sports Nashville that Tennessee Vols athletic director John Currie met with Washington State head coach Mike Leach for lunch in Los Angeles Thursday.
The meeting took place at the “Cast & Plow” restaurant in Marina Del Ray and lasted about two hours. A to Z Sports Nashville learned of the lunch as it was happening at 12:45pm PT.
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
Mike Leach tells me tonight that “I’m on my way.” Leach interviewed for the Tennessee job today.
— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) December 1, 2017
Jayson Swain of the “Swain Event” tweeted about Currie being on the West Coast. And Volquest’s Brent Hubbs said he had been told the same thing by multiple sources and that Currie was scheduled to return to Knoxville soon. An independent source told me that they heard a Currie-Leach meeting had also taken place.
Per @Volquest_Rivals, Tennessee AD John Currie was in California today but did not speak with former Vol quarterback Tee Martin.
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) December 1, 2017
Hearing Currie was on west coast today. Would be weird to talk to Tee Martin today with a conference championship game tomorrow. Mike Leach was in California today recruiting though.
— Jayson Swain (@SwainEvent) December 1, 2017
Now several folks, including someone at Washington St., tell me Currie interviewed Mike Leach & possibly 1-2 other candidates today in the Los Angeles area.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) December 1, 2017
I’m not reporting that an offer has been made for Leach to become Tennessee’s coach. But my source can confirm that there was absolutely a meeting.
Thursday has been an eventful day for the Tennessee coaching search as NC State coach Dave Doeren was reportedly offered the job, then accepted a counter offer to remain with the Wolfpack. ESPN’s Chris Low then reported that the Vols turned to recently fired Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin. Thursday afternoon Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb said Sumlin was not interested in Tennessee.
Good source – Sumlin not interested in #Tennessee job
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) December 1, 2017