Jon Gruden was the early name everyone in Knoxville kept talking about.
Now its a name from the program’s past that might make some ears perk up. Football Scoop reported Monday that former Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe is a ‘viable candidate.’
David Cutcliffe is a viable candidate. We heard it early on and we keep hearing it.
Cutcliffe led the Volunteers offense during one of its most prolific periods in program history. While he was offensive coordinator, Tennessee was 59-3 in games which the team scored at least 30 points. The Volunteers were 173-54-7 (.754) during his 19 seasons on Rocky Top.
He also has experience in the SEC head coaching sphere at Ole Miss from 1998-2004. He never won more than 10 games at the helm, but guided his teams in Oxford to four bowl wins and coached both Manning brothers at Tennesee and Ole Miss respectively.
His tenure at Duke has lasted longer, but it appears he’s fading with just nine wins in his past 23 games. Perhaps a change in scenery back to his roots could do him some good.
He’s also a name SEC Country’s Mike Griffith threw into the pot before Butch Jones was fired.
But winning at Tennessee is harder than it was in the 1990s, when the Vols enjoyed a decided advantage in facilities and national exposure — pre-cable TV expansion.
With Phillip Fulmer at Currie’s disposal as an adviser, and Peyton Manning always willing to lend expertise when called upon, Cutcliffe would immediately be considered.