College Football Rumors: Tennessee Identifies Next Top Target, Mississippi State Candidates & More

It certainly didn't take long for the college football coaching carousel to get going following the end of the regular season on Saturday. Arizona State, Nebraska, and Texas A&M fired their coaches this weekend, while Florida, Ole Miss, and UCLA all made head coaching hires. And, to top it all off, Tennessee did something no one had ever done in the supposed hiring, then un-hiring, of Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Here are all the latest coaching news & rumors you need to know:

David Cutcliffe not interested in Tennessee job
With the Vols having to kick-start their coaching search, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has said that he's not interested in the job, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

Tennessee officials have reached out to Duke coach David Cutcliffe about the Vols' head-coaching vacancy, but Cutcliffe informed them he wasn't interested and plans to remain with the Blue Devils, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Cutcliffe is in his 10th season at Duke and previously spent 19 seasons as an assistant for Tennessee under former Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer.

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Tennessee interviews Mike Gundy, have made him their top target
Despite being rebuffed by Cutcliffe, Tennessee has now identified Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy as their top target and have already interviewed him, according to Jimmy Hyams of Sports Radio WNML.

Tennessee hired Jones in 2012 after Gundy declined the job. He has been the Cowboys' head coach since 2005, going 113-53 in his tenure with one Big 12 title and one Big 12 Coach of the Year award. Oklahoma State can win 10 games for the fourth time in five seasons with a bowl victory.

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Mississippi State's coaching candidates
Mississippi State is now looking to replace the most successful coach in school history after Dan Mullen left for Florida, and Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that the Bulldogs have already identified five top candidates.

The Bulldogs have posted a winning record in seven of the past eight seasons and can push their record to 9-4 this season with a bowl victory. 

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