UPDATE (5:12p ET): The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports:
Duke coach David Cutcliffe has not agreed to become Tennessee’s next football coach, a source close to the situation told the News Sentinel on Thursday.
While there appears to be mutual interest and a deal could be struck, UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said earlier in the day that the interviewing process is ongoing.
The News Sentinel also learned that a new coach would not be hired today.
WFMY in Durham had reported earlier:
Sources close to David Cutcliffe tell WFMY News 2 that the former Blue Devil coach is headed to Tennessee.
Knoxville TV station WBIR said it could not confirm the report of its sister station WFMY.
Conversations between 10News and our counterparts at WFMY indicate that the source is close to Cutcliffe and reliable.
No official announcement has yet been made.
There are some conflicting reports–some 10News sources are indicating they don’t think it’s a done deal.
WATE in Knoxville reports:
Tennessee’s search for a new football coach is now focused on former Tennessee assistant coach and current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.
A source with knowledge of the discussions told WATE 6 Sports that UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton will talk with Cutcliffe, 53, about the Tennessee opening Thursday afternoon.
The same source said Cutcliffe has already met with Duke Athletics Director Kevin White Thursday morning.
Based on all the information we have now, it appears that the WFMY report was premature and Cutcliffe has not been hired.