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There are some other guys whose names haven't been thrown around as much as the others on this list, if at all, but I think are worth mentioning. This list is entirely made up by me, but if one of these guys is the hire, I'll have a great "Told You So" moment.
James Franklin, Vanderbilt Head Coach
To be honest, I do not know why he isn't being mentioned as a favorite right now. Not only has Franklin dominated in-state recruiting, but he took Vanderbilt to two straight bowl appearances.
This year, Vandy finished with an eight-win season. Vandy! The definition of floormat in the SEC. If he can do that with their program, just imagine what he could do with the talent he'd bring to Tennessee.
Jim Chaney, Tennessee Offensive Coordinator
Tennessee's coffers are a little bare right now. A cheap way to get a head coach could be to promote from within.
Jim Chaney has made Tennessee's offenses consistently good from the day he came here. If he were given a shot at the big job, Tennessee could afford to make a big hire at the defensive coordinator position and get the defense up to par.
With Chaney's current offense and a legitimate defense, Tennessee could have had a few more wins this year.
As I said earlier, I haven't really heard these options being discussed, but they're options that should be. After all, no one had Derek Dooley in mind when Lane Kiffin split for USC, and few had Kiffin in mind when Phil Fulmer was fired, so stranger things have happened.