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CFB Analyst: Tennessee's "Sensible Hire" Would Be Chad Morris

Here's who the Volunteers might look at.

The dream hire for Tennessee's football program, if Butch Jones were to be fired, is obvious.

It's Jon Gruden.

That's probably not going to happen, though.

Who's a sensible hire?

USA TODAY's Dan Wolken has an idea.

His pick:

Sensible hire: Chad Morris

Tennessee fans are naturally drawn to the past (you’ll hear plenty of calls to bring back Phil Fulmer, David Cutcliffe or even try to hire Peyton Manning), but which current program should the Vols try to model? That would be Clemson, which is in the similar position of having a limited amount of in-state talent available but has established an attractive brand that draws players from Georgia, Florida and even the Northeast. Who knows how to do that better than Morris, the former Clemson offensive coordinator?

Forget his 11-19 record at SMU. He took over an absolute dumpster fire and has transformed it into a very competitive AAC outfit in fairly short order. Morris is a sharp offensive mind, blows away someone like Butch Jones in the charisma department and knows the recruiting landscape in areas like Georgia where the Vols need wins.

Morris hasn't achieved anything sexy at SMU, but he's very highly thought of within coaching circles and is still pretty young. The 48-year-old coach might be ready for something bigger.