The Tennessee head coaching search is still going on after firing Butch Jones almost a month ago. However, it looks like at least one person being interviewed by the school is gaining traction as Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is meeting with them a second time.
He was one of five reported finalists that Tennessee was looking at according to Football Scoop. Les Miles was another, but has since been ruled out as a finalist. Tucker’s defense this year is third in the country in points allowed at only 13.2 a game, improving on the team’s 24 points a game in his first year in Athens. The Dawgs also only allowed about 113 rushing yards a game (12th in the country) and 158.3 passing yards a game (2nd in the country) and about 271 total yards a game, which is good for fourth in the country.
Tucker has an extensive background in coaching and has even worked as for a few NFL teams since he became a graduate assistant in 1997 at Michigan State. He’s been with Miami of Ohio, LSU, Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Alabama before he ended up at Georgia last year. He has worked mostly as a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator at those stops.