The Tennessee Vols are in the middle of a very quiet coaching search.

New athletic director Danny White, who was introduced by Tennessee at a press conference on Friday, is hoping to keep leaks to a minimum during this search. That’s because he wants the players on Tennessee’s roster to be the first to find out who the program hires.

As a result, there’s not much information out there right now. Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott is one name that’s been mentioned by national writers, but I tend to think that information is coming from Elliott’s agent.

On Friday evening, social media was abuzz with rumors about Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.

Campbell would be a home run hire for Tennessee. He’s done a tremendous job at Iowa State and owns wins over Oklahoma and Texas. Campbell is a great motivator and he runs a program with integrity — something that’s very important to Tennessee right now with the program in the midst of an NCAA investigation.

But I don’t think there’s much of a chance that Campbell lands at UT (you never say never in college football).

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Campbell is a midwest guy. He’s an Ohio native who coached at Bowling Green and Toledo before landing at Iowa State in 2016. Campbell has never coached in the south and has no connections to the SEC. He’s also rebuffed recent overtures from NFL teams that were showing interest.

It’s hard to imagine Campbell passing up opportunities for this long only to take a job at Tennessee.

I think it’s much more likely that Campbell is happy to bide his time at Iowa State until a job like Notre Dame or Ohio State comes open.

Landing Campbell would be a dream for Tennessee —  I think he’d have a lot of success on Rocky Top.

But it’s going to have to remain a dream for Vol fans. I just don’t see it happening.

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