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Report: New Vols AD Fulmer has list of football coach candidates

FootballScoop's report, filed on Monday, cites sources as saying Fulmer could make a decision on a new coach as early as Tuesday. (Image of Fulmer taken from Vols' Friday news conference)

UPDATE:

NewsChannel 9's James Torrez reported live outside Neyland Stadium at 11pm Tuesday night with the latest on the Vols head coach search:

We spoke with former Vols running back Gerald Riggs Jr. to get his take on the UT drama.

ESPN reporter Chris Low reported that Auburn Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele also interviewed with Fulmer on Tuesday.

Depend on us to keep you posted on the latest developments.

PREVIOUSLY:

ESPN.com is reporting that Mel Tucker, Georgia's defensive coordinator, is scheduled to meet with Fulmer for a second time on Tuesday.

Tucker is 45 years old and in his second season with the Bulldogs. Before that, he was a defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears, and was interim coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for the last five games of the 2011 season.

ESPN reports Fulmer is expected to meet with Tucker and other candidates in New York on Tuesday.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

PREVIOUSLY:

A report on the website FootballScoop.com is citing sources who say newly-named Vols Athletic Director Phil Fulmer has a list of five names under consideration.

Writer Scout Roussel reports:

"Sources tell FootballScoop Phillip Fulmer has been active working the phones and meeting with coaches he considers candidates for the position.
Sources tell FootballScoop Fulmer has met (or spoken with)…or has meetings set with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables, SMU head coach Chad Morris and former LSU head coach Les Miles."

Roussel's report continued, "An interesting side note to this list is that several of these same coaches were screened by or actually spoke or met with John Currie already as well. We also are told Fulmer reached out to a number of new potential candidates to discuss the position but heard from several they were not interested."

Fulmer was named A.D. by the Vols on Friday, after former A.D. John Currie was placed on leave, following a controversial and ultimately fruitless football coach search.

Fulmer's contract calls for a $575,000 annual salary.

Vol Nation has been eager for him to do the one thing Currie couldn't: Find a coach that is right for the school, right for the team, and right for the fans.

Currie withdrew his selection of Greg Schiano two weeks ago after an outcry from fans who didn't want his ties to Penn State sullying the Vols' brand.

FootballScoop's report, filed on Monday, cites sources as saying Fulmer could make a decision on a new coach as early as Tuesday.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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