Mike Griffith, sportswriter for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, named Cincinnati's Brian Kelly as the leading candidate to replace Phil Fulmer at Tennessee today in his Ask Griff feature at govols.com, according to sources within the Tennessee program.
Griffith also mentions South Florida's Jim Leavitt as a potential candidate.
The News-Sentinel reported earlier that North Carolina's Butch Davis was the leading candidate. Davis has since publicly denied interest in the job.
Kelly has a history of success, both at Grand Valley State and now at Cincinnati, with the Bearcats in contention to win the Big East and secure a BCS bid. He's also a young man in the coaching game at 48.
Look for the Vols to continue to pursue possible candidates into December before making any sort of official announcement.