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Tennessee coach Butch Jones hasn’t been fired just yet, but already has odds ranking his potential successors.

Unsurprisingly, former San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly (+325) is the favorite to coach the Vols next season. Here’s how it shakes out with other candidates:

Chip Kelly +325

Jeff Brohm +450

Bobby Petrino +450

Mike Norvell +750

PJ Fleck +800

Bob Stoops +900

Tee Martin +900

Les Miles +1000

Jim Bob Cooter +1800

Dan Mullen +1800

Brian Kelly +2500

Peyton Manning +10000

Lane Kiffin +10000

Kelly, who found more success at Oregon (2009-12) than in his NFL career, has been linked to several big college football jobs since the offseason and Tennessee is no exception.

Former Vols quarterbacks Tee Martin (+900) and Jim Bob Cooter (+1800) — both of whom currently work as offensive coordinators for USC and the Detroit Lions, respectively — are listed, as well as Tennessee legend and former NFL MVP Peyton Manning who has no past coaching experience nor has expressed any interest in pursuing a coaching career.

Manning (+10000) is tied for the least likeliest choice with former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who infamously left the Vols after one season.

Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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