A source told me that Tennessee is ready to make "a major spash" with its next hire.
That seems to eliminate assistant coaches like Texas' Will Muschamp. That also could eliminate a Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. I love Kelly and think he's a short-timer at Cincy but he doesn't qualify as a major splash.
Unless there is an NFL candidate along the lines of Pete Carroll or Nick Saban, one of the few big timers I can think of is Mike Leach. That is, unless you believe Tommy Tuberville might pull a Houston Nutt -- leave Auburn and eight hours later show up in Knoxville. That isn't likely.• Syracuse has Florida offensive line Steve Addazio and Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello high on its list.