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Mooney Makes UT’s Coaching List

Tennessee has the money to outbid Georgia Tech, Missouri, NC State, and Oklahoma for Richmond’s Chris Mooney should it come to that.  Question is — would the Vols’ NCAA baggage scare him away?

Multiple reports out of Knoxville say that Mooney is now very much on UT’s list of potential candidates to replace Bruce Pearl.  According to a source, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Mooney has not been contacted by the school as of yet.  At least not directly.

Volquest.com — the Rivals site for Tennessee — reports that a third-party has spoken to both UT officials and Mooney… which is pretty standard when it comes to coaching searches.  (For the full report, you’ll need a subscription.)

Mooney’s Richmond squad will face Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen tonight in San Antonio.

As we’ve said from Day One of the Vols’ search, Mooney appears to have the right resume, the right personality and the right reputation to replace Pearl.  So when Tennessee is finished phoning big name coaches, we suspect Mooney will become UT’s top target.  Can they lure him away from those schools mentioned above?  We shall see.

Whomever the Vols hire, a News Sentinel editorial declares “it is imperative” that that new coach restore honor to the Tennessee program.

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