December 7 marked the end of a college football coaching search that even the most creative minds could not cook up.

Tennessee saw a coach nearly get hired, then decided against it after fans protested the decision.

An athletics director was suspended, a hall of fame coach was elevated to his position and after countless conversations, the Vols end up with a head coach born and raised in the state of Alabama.

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Check out the video above to take a look back on the wild weeks Tennessee looked for a coach.


November 12 - Butch Jones is relieved of his duties as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, following a 50-17 loss to Missouri in Columbia. Director of Athletics John Currie holds a press conference, saying the Vols "haven't won enough." The search for a new head coach begins.

November 18 - In a severe rain storm, Tennessee falls to No. 20 LSU, 30-10, guaranteeing a losing season, essentially eliminating the team from bowl contention.

November 22 - Junior wide receiver Jauan Jennings is dismissed from the team after a profanity-laced rant on an Instagram live video, releasing frustration against the coaching staff. In a statement, interim head coach Brady Hoke said, "Representing the University of Tennessee football program is a privelege."

November 25 - Tennessee falls to Vanderbilt in Neyland Stadium 42-24, locking up the first eight-loss season in program history, going winless in conference for the first time ever as well. Fans turned to the future: who would be the next head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers.

November 26 - Early morning reports are saying Tennessee will hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Fans express their anger and frustration on social media and in a protest on campus. As the night continues, Tennessee withdraws the offer and the search continues.

November 27-30 - John Currie continues looking for new candidates. Coaches like Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, Dave Doeren, Chad Morris and Kevin Steele all are brought up with some kind of connection to Tennessee. On Thursday night, Currie met with Washington State coach Mike Leach in Los Angeles and returns to Knoxville.

December 1 - Chancellor Beverly Davenport places John Currie on leave, turning over the coaching search and the position of Director of Athletics to former Tennessee head football coach, Phillip Fulmer. Davenport and Fulmer hold a press conference, highlighting the goals of the department moving forward.

December 5 - VFL Peyton Manning is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fulmer and many other University leaders join him at the ceremony in New York City. Fulmer continues meeting with candidates, with three front runners; Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

December 7 - A decision is made. Jeremy Pruitt becomes the 26th head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.