Over the course of the last few hours, David Cutcliffe has likely been in as Tennessee’s head coach… out as Troy Calhoun was in… back in after Calhoun was out… on the verge of a deal… not on the verge of a deal… yet.
In other words, media-wise, the search for the Volunteers’ new coach has slowly devolved into a fustercluck. Need further proof? Read on.
Just over an hour ago, we noted a report from the Knoxville News Sentinel — which has now been completely replaced by a new article in the same link. Nice. — that debunked a report from a North Carolina TV station which stated Cutcliffe was on his way back to Knoxville as the Vols’ new coach. Now, sixty minutes later, the same debunkers — yeah, I know it’s not a word, but I really don’t care at this point in time — are reporting Cutcliffe will be the next head coach.
Barring a last-second snag in the negotiations, of course.
One of the issues that could crop up and scuttle the negotiations is the coaching staff, both at Duke and Tennessee. Cutcliffe would like to bring the majority of his Blue Devils staff along with him, while the Vols still have six assistants under contract.
If that issue can be worked out, it seems likely Cutcliffe will move from Duke back to Tennessee and become Lane Kiffin‘s replacement.
Unless the wind happens to shift directions and blows in another conflicting report, of course.