November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes former coach Jim Tressel is held by players from his 2002 National Championship team in a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Jim Tressel Is A Betting Favorite For Tennessee Volunteers Head Coaching Job


With Jon Gruden turning down the head coaching job for the Tennessee Volunteers football team, a few new star-studded candidates are making their way on to the list of betting favorites for the Vols vacancy.

Interestingly enough, when Bovada released the betting favorites for the Vols head coaching gig, Gruden was not listed among the top possible candidates.

The favorite to take the job is North Carolina head coach Butch Davis, who is listed as a slight favorite at 3/1. Davis has also been linked to the Arkansas Razorbacks job opening. Davis was fired from North Carolina before the 2011 season due to an impermissible benefits/academic misconduct scandal.

After Davis, a very intriguing name has surfaced on the Bovada odds.

Former Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel comes in at a 9/2 favorite from the job. Tressel is coming off of a scandal of his own at Ohio State where he helped cover up s major scandal for impermissible benefits which led to a five-year ban for the Buckeyes.

If Tennessee was to hire Tressel, he would have to serve a five-game suspension to start the season and the Vols would be ineligible for a bowl game in his first season.

Some other betting favorites for the Vols head coaching vacancy are North Carolina’s Larry Fedora (15/4), Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen (5/1), Miami’s Al Golden (21/4) and, of course, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher (7/1), who has been linked to every job opening around the nation. .

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dewayne.sadler Dewayne Sadler

    It would not be too bad for Trussle to come to TN. That would open up the recruiting for the Vols. But my personal pick would be Jimbo Fisher, With what he done a FSU that could be interesting for Vol Nation don’t you think? This is coming from a DAWGS FAN!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil.harper.33234 Phil Harper

    tressel??????? The vols are all smoking pot! pick a better coach!!!!!!!!!! would like to see the vols back in the picture!!!! rehire fatso

  • http://www.facebook.com/harold.mccomb.9 Harold McComb

    Why would you hire Mullen? The guy has NEVER beat a team in the SEC with a winning record in the last 3 years!! Unless Tn. wants more of the same they best look elsewere!! Leave Mullet at Ms. State! They deserve each other!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wallymerk Walter Merkle

    Tressel is not a good pick. There is no guarantee he would only have to miss the meetings, practices and get the 1 year bowl ban. The show cause order against him allows the NCAA to add additional penalties. The idea of that order is to make it hard for him to get a head coaching job. And would you really want a coach that lied, cheated and tried to cover it up! Isn’t Tennessee getting enough of that still from the Lame Kitten era?

  • http://twitter.com/Artboy1988 Dan Devinyl

    Desperate is Tennessee if they hire Jim Tressel. I would not hire him. Integrity issues for sure.

  • B007

    They need a Great African American Coach….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mdattoria Marcus Dattoria

    This article is stated wrong! If Tressel was hired the bowl ban would not be on the University, it would be on Tressel coaching the bowl game. The penalty is not really that strong to deter a team to hire and his major infraction was allowing his guys to get free tattoos. The lying to NCAA was over played though I will not deny that he did what any coach has done and not been a complete open book. He would be a good fit for UT and if we did have a mass exodus of our offense, he would be a great person to bring in a strong recruiting class to fill the holes. The first 5 weeks would be tough, but with how our schedule starts next year we could easily be 4-1 or 3-2 with Chaney at the helm if he is still there. Time will tell the truth!!

  • Mark

    Derek Dooley has more SEC wins than Jim Tressel.