After the disastrous Derrick Dooley experiment, the Tennessee Volunteers desperately need a head coach who can bring them back to prominence. Given that the Volunteer football program has fallen quite far since the glory days of the Peyton Manning era, it might be hard for the Volunteers to get the top "free agent" coaches this offseason.
Some of the biggest names thrown around for coaching changes this winter are former Raiders/Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, Mississippi State's head coach Dan Mullen and Louisville's head coach Charlie Strong. While all of these candidates would be great for the Volunteer program, none of them seem realistic for various reasons.
Our top pick for the job, and who we think will be the next coach of the Tennessee program is Cincinnati's head coach Butch Jones. Butch has taken over both the Central Michigan and Cincinnati programs for former head coach Brian Kelley who is now at Notre Dame. In both coaching jobs he did a great job at keeping those programs winning. We think that Butch would love to take his talents to the SEC and bring his coaching career to a whole new level.
To many Butch is considered fourth of fifth on the Tennessee wish list, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We think he is the man of the job for the Vols because he is an excellent coach and is someone that the Tennessee program should get excited about this offseason.
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