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ESPN's Mark Schlabach Says Tennessee Should Have Pursued Doug Marrone

Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 01: Fans pack the stands to support their teams as the Mississippi Rebels face the Tennessee Volunteers on October 1, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Would this NFL coach have been interested?

The Tennessee head coaching search was an eventful one, to say the least.

The Vols tried to hire Greg Schiano and were met with fan resistance, there were the endless "Grumors," Jeff Brohm elected to stay at Purdue and that's only half of what went on.

The Vols settled on Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who has a strong reputation and may turn out to be a great hire. Time will tell.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach thinks Tennessee should have gone after an NFL head coach, and not Jon Gruden.

Schlabach tweeted this afternoon that UT should have "chased" Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone spent four seasons as the head coach of Syracuse from 2009-12 and was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2013-14.

Marrone's Jaguars are in the AFC Championship after upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers today, so it is doubtful he'd have left for the college game.

Interestingly, ESPN's Chris Low says Marrone wanted to come to Rocky Top a few years ago.

Tennessee appears to have missed whatever chance it would have had to get Marrone, but Pruitt appears to have the chops to turn things around in Knoxville.