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SLIDING DOORS

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How wild was Tennessee's search to replace fired head coach Butch Jones? In the week after Thanksgiving, six high-profile candidates took center stage in the melodrama before Tennessee AD John Currie was fired after those attempts to find a new leader for the Vols imploded. Here's how it all played out.

DAN MULLEN

Mullen got Currie's first call on Nov. 25, but when Florida lost out on the Chip Kelly sweepstakes, the former Gators OC took the top job at his alma mater in Gainesville.

GREG SCHIANO

Rumors that UT had reached an agreement with Ohio State's DC sparked a Tennessee fan uprising. The school reneged on its offer, and Schiano went back to Columbus.

MIKE GUNDY

A day after the Schiano debacle ended, the Vols reportedly threw the promise of $7 million a year at Gundy, who decided to stay at Oklahoma State.

JEFF BROHM

After the Vols moved on from Gundy, the upstart Purdue coach's name surfaced in rumors and the coach did not deny being contacted.

DAVE DOEREN

Texts between Currie and Doeren's agent indicated that the N.C. State coach was "fired up" about getting a deal done. Then Doeren got a deal done ... to stay in Raleigh.

MIKE LEACH

The Washington State coach was ready to accept the job before Currie was taken off the search. Former UT coach Philip Fulmer took over—and took Leach out of the running.

JEREMY PRUITT

On Dec. 7, Fulmer announced the hiring of the Alabama DC and ace recruiter. If Pruitt can attract talent to Knoxville, this mess of a coaching search might be soon forgotten.