The college football regular season hasn’t ended yet, and already the coaching carousel is in full swing.
The most talked about openings are Tennessee and Florida. ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum and former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan discussed on Friday who they believe the Volunteers will hire.
Donnan turned heads by saying the school should make Louisville coach Bobby Petrino its top choice.
“If I was going to hire the guy at Tennessee tomorrow, I’d go straight up and try to hire Bobby Petrino,” Donnan said.
"If I was going to hire the guy at Tennessee tomorrow, I'd go straight up and try to hire Bobby Petrino" – Jim Donnan pic.twitter.com/StR58luePr
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 17, 2017
Petrino’s name has been speculated about in conjunction with the Tennessee opening before, when Oliver Connelly of the Read Optional speculated that Petrino would be a likely candidate to replace fired coach Butch Jones. Petrino, however, has not alluded to having interest in the position.
Prior to this season, Petrino signed a 7-year, $31.7 million contract and said he wanted to finish his career at Louisville, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal story. However, if Tennessee — or any other school — is interested, it might be able to lure Petrino away from Louisville.
Due to the firing of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich as a result of allegations of a college basketball recruiting scandal, Petrino’s buyout has been cut from $8 million to $4 million.