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Reports: John Currie out as Tennessee athletics director after less than year on job


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Tennessee and athletic director John Currie have parted ways after a meeting on Friday, according to reports from ESPN and WVLT-TV.

The school announced chancellor Beverly Davenport will hold a news conference for 4 p.m. ET.

The split with Currie, who was started his job at the school on April 1, comes amid a disjointed effort to fill the school’s football coach vacancy after firing Butch Jones three weeks ago. Currie had promised an “exhaustive search,” however several missteps have caused damage to the football program.

Tennessee was close to hiring Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano on Sunday, but the deal fell through after negative reaction from fans and some state lawmakers, who cited Schiano’s alleged connection to the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault case at Penn State.

Currie moved on to other candidates, including Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren. All three decided to stay at their current schools.

Currie, who had only been with Tennessee for eight months, was flying back Friday to Knoxville from Los Angeles following an interview with Washington State coach Mike Leach.

According to reports, Currie was hoping to hire Leach, but his efforts were not supported by people connected to the program.

Currie was previously the AD at Kansas State before his short stint at Tennessee.

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