Says Butch Davis Has "Absolutely No Interest" in Tennessee

Will SheltonSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2008

The same way Chris Low continually updates his SEC blog at the worldwide leader, Heather Dinich covers the ACC. She reports that Butch Davis, during the weekly ACC teleconference today, said the following:

"I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job. It's a great job, but I have no interest in it. Like I've said for the last couple of weeks, I love being here, my family loves being at Carolina, we're building it with the administration."

Check out Dinich's full post here.

I'll say this—it hasn't been fun to be a Tennessee fan over the last few months, but it has definitely been interesting. This coaching search changes every day, and if Butch Davis was the Vols' first choice, as reported earlier this week by Dave Hooker of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tennessee now finds itself back at the drawing board.

The names you hear most frequently—Lane Kiffin, Mike Leach, and Will Muschamp—are still out there. Kiffin is currently unemployed, and if the Vols wanted to move in that direction, they could at any time.

Leach and Muschamp are currently in the midst of a National Championship chase with their respective teams, so unless it's Kiffin (and I'd hope Hamilton would at least interview some of these other guys, even if it does ultimately end up being him), don't expect a decision or an announcement until December.

That would also hold true for the slew of mid-major names you hear—Brian Kelly, Tim Brewster (yes, I realize Minnesota isn't technically a mid-major), and Troy Calhoun. So even with the Vols off this week, there will be plenty of interesting television for those who wish to follow the fates of the potential future head coach.

I'll keep posting the official-sounding updates as they come in, as long as it takes...and even if it's not Butch Davis, may the best man win.