"He has been a student-athlete, a head coach, and a father of UT student-athletes", Davenport said. And according to Newy Scruggs, an NBC Sports radio host, Leach is "working on a deal" to become the next head coach at Tennessee.
Tennessee fired Butch Jones earlier this month and was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano last Sunday, but the deal fell through due to backlash from Vols fans and supporters stemming from an unproven claim in court documents that Schiano might have known about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of boys while Schiano was an assistant at Penn State.
Since the Schiano mess, Currie has reportedly pursued, and been rejected by, Mike Gundy, Jeff Brohm, David Cutliffe, Dave Doeren, Jim Bob Cooter and others.
Fulmer, the second-winningest coach in Tennessee football history after compiling a 152-52 career record in 17 seasons, knows for sure one man who won't be up for the job.
We've heard from multiple sources there is a lot of in-fighting, finger-pointing and back-stabbing taking place amongst Tennessee brass. The Boilermakers (6-6) are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. According to terms of Currie's contract, the school would owe him $5.5 million if he is fired now without cause. Especially with Tennessee being an SEC program.
Currie's familiarity with Tennessee was seen as a selling point when he got hired.
Davenport said that Fulmer will continue the Vols football coach search beginning immediately.
Phillip Fulmer is expected to be announced as the new athletic director at today's press conference.
At Kansas State, Currie benefited from the stability of having longtime football coach Bill Snyder around since his first year on the job. FootballScoop reported that Leach "seems to have a very good shot at being offered the position" and that the WSU coach "would accept the position if offered".
Tennessee announced in June that Fulmer had been named a special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.