The coaching carousel has officially erupted in college football. The latest and largest domino to fall is Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley taking the USC job. Luckily for the Tennessee Volunteers and their fans, Head Coach Josh Heupel does not seem like a likely candidate for the vacancy at Oklahoma.

An NFL name has emerged as a top option for the Sooners, apparently. He also used to be a head coach in the Big 12.

It would take quite the pretty penny to steal Kingsbury from the NFL. Never say never, though.

Other Candidates

This report, along with a couple of others regarding different candidates, seem to point at Heupel not being high on the Sooners’ list as of now. Clemson Defensive Coordinator Brent Venables and Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops are a couple of the others. They each have ties to the Oklahoma program, albeit in different ways.

Venables has a good relationship with AD Joe Castiglione and was previously an impressive DC for the Sooners. Stoops is the brother of Bob Stoops, Oklahoma’s current interim Head Coach. He has been one of the most well-respected coordinators in the country for years.

Bob Stoops, himself, is a candidate. At 61, he may be a bit of a long shot. Although, he has mentioned an interest in a return to coaching, and Oklahoma is certainly a premier job in college football.

Heupel was previously an offensive coordinator for the Sooners as well. The relationship did not end in the best of ways, though. For more on that, check out this piece from Zach Ragan.

As of now, there are a lot of names at the forefront of the Oklahoma coaching search. The Volunteers HC does not appear to be one of them.

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