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.

Odds favor one failed NFL coach to replace Butch Jones at Tennessee Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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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