Sources close to the Athletics Director confirm Vols Athletic Director John Currie is now out of the job.
Currie met with UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport briefly Friday as fervor over the search for UT's next head football coach continues to reach new levels.
The meeting was short -- around 10 minutes long -- and there was no indication as to what the Currie and Davenport discussed behind closed doors.
WBIR 10News reporter Michael Crowe met Currie as he left the meeting, asking what they had discussed.
Currie's reply: "I can't say anything to you just now."
UT officials will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. Friday to discuss the decision.
WBIR spoke with its partner at GoVols247 Wes Rucker for his analysis following Currie's leave.
"We have a saying that at any other place, it'd be weird. But at Tennessee, it's just Friday," Rucker said.
Rucker went on to say how fans keep thinking this is the pinnacle of the coaching search but "it just keeps getting weirder and weirder."
"I think what's pretty clear here is you've got a power struggle at the top of the athletic department and it's cost another head on the table," Rucker said.
At the time Currie was let go, our partners at govols247.com reported that he was in Los Angeles Thursday to meet with Mike Leach.
"Now whether he had told people he was going on that trip or who paid for that trip that remains to be seen as odd as that sounds," Rucker said. "He was out there interviewing him and I think they had a productive talk."
Rucker said he thought they probably felt pretty good about things and then Currie came back to Knoxville and was dismissed.
As people began to speculate who the next Athletics Director would be, some questioned if Phillip Fulmer could step in.
"When you look at the history of Phillip Fulmer, Johnny Majors, ya know, that's kind of an easy plot line to kind of sit there and point out and say 'hey let this happen again'," Rucker said.
Rucker said he didn't know too much about those speculations and what's happening yet.
"But what I do know is this, when you've got this bad of a stench, everyone's got some stink on them," Rucker said. "I don't think anyone's gonna come out of this looking good."
Watch the full interview in the video attached to this article.