Everyone a candidate? New AD Danny White has interesting remark about Tennessee's HC vacancy
Tennessee football fans are hoping the changes to the athletic department heading into 2021 finally get things turned around for the Volunteers.
After firing Butch Jones – a coach that had three winning seasons and two 9-win campaigns in five years – and a disastrous coaching search, expectations were high under Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt joined the program after serving under Nick Saban at Alabama.
Unfortunately, a 16-19 record on the field and a mess of alleged recruiting violations off the field resulted in Pruitt getting fired after 2020. Tennessee is also replacing AD Philip Fulmer who is retiring.
To replace Fulmer, Tennessee has hired UCF AD Danny White to fill the same post in Knoxville. He gave his introductory press conference Friday, and he was understandably asked about the search for a new head football coach.
Specifically, White was asked about interim HC Kevin Steele and if he was a serious candidate for the job. White responded to that by saying that everyone in the press conference was a candidate.
Ross Dellenger with Sports Illustrated shared White’s comment:
Danny White says UT interim Kevin Steele is a candidate for the job. "Everybody in this (press conference) room is a candidate. Email me your stuff!"
Oh God. Danny White is about to get emailed resumes from super randos now.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 22, 2021
That sounds like a bad idea, but White may simply be trying a new method in Knoxville. Tennesee has eight losing seasons since 2008 and has hired four head coaches since 2009. Maybe White can find the right person to bring a bit of stability to the program.