News Flash: Vols search

Tennessee must move quickly to hire a coach with Lane Kiffin off to USC. Volunteers athletic director Mike Hamilton will meet the media at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday to discuss the situation.

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp won’t be a part of the search at Tennessee, opting to stay in Austin. Muschamp, who makes $900,000, is the head-coach-in-waiting at Texas to Mack Brown, who recently signed an extension that will take him through 2016.

With Muschamp apparently out of the running, the top targets in Knoxville could be Air Force’s Troy Calhoun and TCU’s Gary Patterson. Each has enjoyed tremendous success, but neither appears to be a natural fit for the SEC. Each was involved in the search the last time the job opened.

Former Tennessee offensive coordinator and current Duke coach David Cutcliffe is an option.

Syracuse coach Doug Marrone is another possibility. He was the offensive tackles/tight ends coach at Tennessee in 2001. He also has extensive NFL experience. But Marrone only has been at Syrcause one season and may not want to leave the rebuilding job at him alma mater.

UConn coach Randy Edsall and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham also have been mentioned, but neither appears to be an ideal fit.

USC eyes Clemson’s Jeff Scott

Clemson receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott has been contacted by USC about joining Lane Kiffin’s staff, has learned.

Scott, 29, is a key recruiter for Clemson. He’s a former Tiger and the son of Clemson associate head coach Brad Scott.

Mike Groh to Louisville

Mike Groh has been hired as Louisville quarterbacks coach. Groh spent last season as a graduate assistant at Alabama. Prior to that, Groh was an assistant for his father Al at Virginia from 2001-08.

Louisville has tabbed Ron Dugans as receivers coach. The former Florida State receiver most recently was receivers coach at Georgia Southern the past three seasons. Dugans played receiver for five years in the NFL with the Bengals and Texans.

Tom Dienhart is the senior national college football writer for Follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at
Updated Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010