He pulled a Mike Leach with a player at USF, I believe
How about blackmailing his players into coming back or he would not let them play in Sugar Bowl? I though that was the 1 of the worst things I've ever heard a coach do?
Tennessee needs a great coach with a squeaky clean image. They can't hire a guy like Tressel or Petrino. Not after Kiffin and Pearl.
Gruden is a great top choice, and I think Patterson's a pip dream, but you have to ask. Charlie Strong is one hell of a consolation prize if those first two fall through. He'd be a great coach at Tennessee. He'd actually be my #2 choice, behind Patterson, who I think isn't leaving TCU for anything save maybe the Texas job.
If not Jim Tressel, I believe Pat Fitzgerald would be a great hire at Tennessee. He is probably one the most underrated and under-appreciated coaches in the country.
1. Jon Gruden
2. Charlie Strong
3. Gary Patterson
4. Butch Davis
5. Jim Tressel
From what I understand, this is the order of preference. Confirmed that Tennessee has contacted the first 4 through intermediaries.