This will be the next rumor to gain any real strength, not that it would have any merit. But, it does present a question.
Will the new AD give Derek Dooley enough time to prove himself?
There were so many coaches in 2010 that wouldn't even consider the Vols, it was almost as if Tennessee had the plague. Most notably was Wil Muschamp turning down the role, who in turn recommended Dooley to Mike Hamilton, and he then subsequently took the Florida gig when Urban Meyer said uncle.
This season for Dooley is suddenly more important now than it ever was. The scenario is this: Depending on who is appointed Tennessee's next sports guru, that individual will have the weight of keeping an entire program floating. Guess which sport is the biggest cash cow?
That's right; you think those renovations on Neyland Stadium were for property value? Nope, it was for CBS, ESPN, and Sportsouth advertising. The Vols' chunk of millions of dollars for competing and air time.
Now, if Dooley isn't winning then the networks don't want to air nearly as many games. If people aren't tuning in to watch competitive games then there aren't as many games that get aired. Fans get angry. Alumni get upset. Students want blood etc. etc.
The AD would have no choice, so it is a true win or lose situation.