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A report of Florida putting Chip Kelly through an extensive vetting process seems to have heightened urgency for other athletic departments. But bringing Kelly to the SEC includes another hurdle. LINK.
Remember, Chip Kelly got tagged with an 18-month show cause penalty that expired in 2014. There is no pattern of misbehavior.
After several improprieties in the conference, a new conference rule calls for the schools to ratify any coach with significant NCAA issues with the SEC commissioner, Greg Sankey. The university president must call the commissioner’s office as an added layer to hiring, it’s not just the school’s stand alone decision.
That factor will play into Florida’s decision on Kelly. Presumably, it’s why the vetting process must be so thorough. Scott Stricklin must determine whether Kelly’s outstanding issues are able to be worked through or accepted by the SEC, or if the NCAA will punish his next landing spot.
In his post today, former Knoxville-based reporterJohn Brice blows the Grumors wide open. Excerpt below:
“Six different sources, ranging from current coaches to former all-time great Vols to college administrators, in the past 72-96 hours tell me that Gruden is far more seriously considering this Tennessee offer than ever before; so much so that Gruden is making some preliminary calls to coaches and other college athletics folks about potentially joining him in Knoxville.” LINK.
Monday, a report surfaced that Tennessee has interest in New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. The original report came from the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
Rodgers played at Tennessee from 1988-91. He is just 48-years-old and originally from Humboldt, Tenn. His only SEC coaching experience came for a season in 2002 as Arkansas’ defensive line coach under Houston Nutt. He has served a variety of roles in the NFL since 2003.
While Scott Frost, Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden provide offensive-minded candidates for Tennessee, Rodgers is decidedly focused on defense. LINK.
Former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel has tossed out Brown’s name as a possible candidate. Brown hasn’t coached since 2013, but there’s also opportunity for Tennessee to contact him before this season’s completion.
It’s tough to imagine Tennessee would go after a 66-year-old coach. Brown is from Cookeville and has never coached in the SEC. At the very least, if the University is considering experienced candidates, one could imagine it opens the door for SEC and National Champion Les Miles. LINK.