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Sep 30, 2017; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers former quarterback Peyton Manning greets fans as he walks with the Vols toward Neyland Stadium prior to kickoff against the Georgia Bulldogs. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Is Peyton Manning In The Running To Be The Next Tennessee Head Coach?

There are few people more popular around Knoxville, Tennessee than Peyton Manning. Despite never beating the Gators, Manning threw for over 11,000 yards, 89 touchdowns and only 33 interceptions while at UT. He won the Maxwell Award in 1997 and was named to the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

With the Tennessee head coaching job still open after being passed on by numerous candidates we ask this question. Could Peyton Manning be the next Tennessee head coach?

A Real Possibility?

While Peyton Manning has said that he will strongly back whoever the next Tennessee head coach is, it’s unlikely to be him. Peyton’s father and former NFL quarterback, Archie Manning, said in an interview that he doesn’t think his son will be the next head man in Knoxville.

Other Possible Options

As is the case with any major coaching search nowadays, Jon Gruden’s name has been floated around as an option for the job. Unfortunately for Volunteer fans, Gruden is about as unlikely to be the next Tennessee head coach as Manning is. NFL fans can rejoice as Gruden, more likely than not, will remain in the Monday Night Football booth.

Other options for the job include Troy Head Coach Neal Brown, former LSU Head Coach Les Miles, USC Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin and Alabama Defensive Coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. While none have been officially announced as candidates for the job, they’ve all been at least rumored to be an option at the school at this point and time.

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