Currie out as Tennessee athletic director

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According to multiple reports, Washington State head coach Mike Leach is being targeted as the Vols' next head coach.

The Volunteers fired Butch Jones on November 12, the day after they lost 50-17 at Missouri to fall to 0-6 in the SEC.

Leach didn't respond from a text message from The Spokesman-Review and a WSU spokesperson did not wish to comment on the situation.

Leach, 56, has been at Washington State for six years and is 38-37, but 26-12 the last three seasons, including 19-8 in the Pac-12.

Another person familiar with the meeting told the AP that Currie flew from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Los Angeles on Thursday, where he met one-on-one with Leach. Or you're a good coach; there's rumors you're leaving. The meeting reportedly lasted approximately eight to 10 minutes.

Asked about the rumor, and if he expected to be back at WSU next season, Leach said, "Yeah, I do".

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Several factors have fueled speculation about Leach's future in recent weeks. Should Phillip Fulmer be the permanent athletic director at UT? That was Bill Moos, who jumped to Nebraska in October, and he has yet to be replaced. The Vols reportedly had a deal in place with the Ohio State defensive coordinator on Sunday morning, but it fell through by the end of the day after the university heard from the fan base, state representatives and local business owners.

Schiano, who coached under Joe Paterno at Penn State, has denied an allegation of his knowledge of child abuse by Sandusky. He was 84-43 at Texas Tech before being fired after the 2009 season.

The Volunteers' search has since stumbled forward rather publicly.

Reports linked Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Purdue's Jeff Brohm to Tennessee's vacancy, but both stayed with their respective teams.

Currie's first major move as the Volunteers AD came on November 12 when he fired fifth-year coach Butch Jones and took on the national search for a replacement. Overall he's 14-for-16 as a head coach.

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