Jon Gruden. Vol fans love the “Grumors” that he would leave his cushy ESPN gig to coach at Tennessee. He won a Super Bowl at Tampa Bay & is a former graduate assistant for the Vols. His wife cheered at UT where his son is a student.
Tee Martin. He led the Vols to a national championship in 1998 as quarterback, and has had a successful coaching career. He’s in his 2nd year as offensive coordinator at USC. but has never been a head coach.
Les Miles. The former LSU coach has a history of success, including a national championship and two SEC titles, but has been criticized or his in-game clock management and unconventional play calling didn't always work out.
Brady Hoke. Named interim head coach when Jones was let go, the associate head coach and defensive lines coach saw success as head coach at Michigan.
Scott Frost. The head coach at Central Florida took over a winless team in 2015. They are undefeated this year. He was a Nebraska QB before joining the staff at Oregon.
Chip Kelly. Led Oregon to its most successful run in program history but was given an NCAA show-cause penalty when he left in 2012. Was most recently fired after one season as head coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49’ers.
Lane Kiffin. Currently at Florida Atlantic after success as offensive coordinator at Alabama, Vol fans love to hate the guy who coached the Vols for one season in 2010. He left for his dream job at USC but was fired after 3 seasons.
Dan Mullen. The 45-year-old has made Mississippi St. competitive in the tough SEC West and has great success with quarterbacks. But would he leave all that job security in Starkville for Knoxville?
P.J. Fleck. One of college football’s rising stars, the 36-year-old was praised for success at Western Michigan. He's 5-5 in his 1st year at Minnesota. He’s still not shown he can have success at a Power 5 school, so could be a risky hire.
Bobby Petrino Currently at Louisville, the former Arkansas head coach has proven he can win in the SEC. But he left the Razorbacks amid scandal.
Mike Bobo. The Colorado State coach has deep Georgia roots. He played for the Bulldogs and served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.