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Vols face heavy SEC competition in coach search

6:46 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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The University of Tennessee is not the only college in the Southeastern Conference looking for a new head football coach.

Three SEC schools are looking, including Tennessee, and another university may join the list by the end of the season.

Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee have announced active searches for a head coach.

Sports experts predict Auburn will also fire their football coach.

Chris Low with espn.com does not believe UT will have a clear advantage in this search.

"There is a great tradition here," Low said Monday.  But, there are things that make this a hard job.  In particular, you do not have the kind of talent in-state that a school like Georgia, Florida, LSU or Alabama does.  So, you have to go out of state and convince kids to move to a state that is four, five, six or seven hours away."

Low predicts the new Vols head coach's salary could start at $3 million and possibly reach $4 million.

Derek Dooley was making a little more than $2 million.

Alabama coach Nick Saban is the highest paid coach in the SEC and the country with a $5 million a year paycheck.

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