SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: On Friday morning, the University of Tennessee placed athletic director John Currie on paid leave and replaced him with former Volunteers Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, Davenport announced Fulmer as the new athletic director and took questions from the local Knoxville media. When asked about the Mike Leach rumors that surfaced Thursday night, Davenport declined to comment on Leach or any other head coach possibilities for the open Head Coach position.
Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples reported Friday morning that Currie and Leach had agreed to the terms of a contract that would have made him the new Tennessee Head Coach Thursday night. However, Currie was called back to Knoxville later that night and met with Davenport and other Tennessee officials Friday morning before the university placed him on leave.
The search for a head coach remains underway in Tennessee with Fulmer expected to lead that task.
Washington State University Head Football Coach Mike Leach has been offered the same position at the University of Tennessee, according to multiple sources.
Leach, in his sixth season at Washington State, has compiled a 38-37 record since he was named Head Football Coach back in November of 2011. In the last three seasons, however, the Cougars have gone 26-12 under Leach.
According to multiple reports, Leach met with Tennessee athletic director John Currie Friday in Los Angeles in regard to the position. These reports have not been confirmed by KXLY4.
This is a developing news story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
The name picking up steam for Tennessee is Mike Leach. The name losing steam is Kevin Sumlin.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 1, 2017
Sources tell @NBCDFWSports that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is working on a deal to become the next coach at Tennessee. A deal could be announced Friday. I’m working on more details.— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) December 1, 2017
Mike Leach tells me tonight that “I'm on my way.” Leach interviewed for the Tennessee job today.— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) December 1, 2017
#Tennessee coaching search update: Source tells me the meeting with Mike Leach went very well. And... stay tuned.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 1, 2017
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