Posted: Jan 14, 2010 3:51 AM by Lee Douglas
Updated: Jan 14, 2010 3:51 AM
Rumors and speculation concerning Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun are nothing news. And for the third straight season Calhoun's name is being mentioned as a possible candidate for a marquee job at a big school. For the second straight year that potential job is at the University of Tennessee.
The Tennessee job became available Tuesday night when Lane Kiffen suddenly left after only one year in Knoxville, to replace Pete Carroll at USC.
Calhoun was a candidate for the Tennessee job a year ago when Kiffen was hired and according to some sources actually interviewed.
Several Tennessee newspapers and ESPN.com report that Calhoun is again on a short-list of potential candidates. University of Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp appears to be the front runner. Others mentioned include Boise State's Chris Petersen, TCU's Gary Patterson and Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.
Calhoun just completed his third season at Air Force. His combined record of 25-14 includes three straight bowl games and an upset win over 25th ranked Houston at last year's Armed Forces Bowl.
Calhoun and Air Force Athletic Director Hans Mueh have no comment on the Tennessee rumors.
Meanwhile, Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter has reportedly interviewed for the defensive coordinator's job at Texas A&M and is also a candidate for the same job at Georgia.