Mike Thomas has won the Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletics Director Award twice, once at Akron in 2005 and while on the job for Cincinnati in 2008.
While many believe Thomas will be chosen now that Dan Radakovich of Georgia Tech seems a little to familiar with the recent happenings, Vols may not want to celebrate just yet.
Reports are he is quite the controller and plays a big part in every nuance where decisions are to be made. This may have played a part in Brian Kelly leaving for Notre Dame, but hey, it is Notre Dame and not Cincinnati. No offense Bearcats.
Regardless, Derek Dooley may have the toughest time of any coach simply because he has worked in the role himself.
Madame Volsmoke says: If he is hired early there will be trouble. If they wait to hire him after summer camp it will be much easier. And, if Dooley wins strong this year, there will be trouble from contract disputes.
Side note: David Blackburn should be picked at this point. Blackburn has held everything together but has never been recognized for his efforts and loyalty.