The University of Tennessee football program may not be on the pedestal that it was a decade ago, but it's still undoubtedly the best available head coaching job in the nation during this offseason.
The Vols struggled through another season in 2012 with a 5-7 record, which ultimately sealed the fate of Derek Dooley after three mediocre seasons at the helm on Rocky Top. Dooley was given grace by a fanbase hungry for wins through the first two years due to a daunting rebuilding project, but a roster full of talent and losses to teams like Missouri and Vanderbilt proved to be too much to overcome.
After their second straight unsuccessful coaching hire, athletic director Dave Hart is certainly feeling the pressure of his first coaching search as head honcho of the Vols. The fate of the program is in his hands.
The Volunteers have already struck out on some of the names atop their list—Jon Gruden, Jimbo Fisher, Mike Gundy and Charlie Strong—but there are still plenty of solid options available to turn Tennessee around.
Let's take a look at the top reasons why the Tennessee job trumps any other school that faced or is facing head-coaching changes this offseason.