The coaching search in Knoxville is under way and there have been a ton of names linked to the opening left by the firing of Butch Jones. FOX Sports analyst Bruce Feldman believes that the Volunteers have “genuine interest” in another SEC coach though who has proven he can win in the conference.
$6.5 million is a hefty sum and the school will owe Jones just over $8 million to be paid to him over the next several years. However, they would be getting a proven commodity in Mullen who has actually beaten Nick Saban and would not have to deal with the tougher SEC West every year. His recruiting prowess in the state of Florida — having spent time as a Gator assistant — will surely help on the recruiting trail as well.