Clay Goes Off On Vols’ Hiring Search That Ultimately Landed Josh Heupel

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The Tennessee Vols have officially become the University of Central Florida football team of Tennessee. They have their new head coach, Josh Heupel from UCF, after hiring new athletic director Danny White from UCF. Heupel had a $3,593,750 buyout at UCF and White’s was $2.5 million. After all is said and done, the Vols are expected to have paid around $6.1 million in buyouts to snag the coach and AD. According to the Orlando Sentinel, that buyout could climb if Heupel brings along his assistants, who also had buyouts.

Clay wasn’t having it, especially now that UCF can go out and throw around Tennessee’s money for a new coach.

Heupel was 28-8 at UFC from 2018-20, finishing the 2018-19 seasons ranked in the final AP polls. In 2020, his Golden Knights program was 6-4 and finished with a loss in the Boca Raton Bowl.

The Vols fired head coach Jeremy Pruitt with cause after investigating illegal recruiting practices that included allegedly giving cash to recruits via McDonald’s bags. Pruitt’s attorney has said his client wants his $12 million buyout. That case appears headed for a courtroom, while UT has just invested at least $6.1 million to hire White and Heupel. If the Pruitt suit succeeds, UT will have to pay over $18 million in buyouts alone.

Add it all up and Clay appears to be officially fed up with the Vols program.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

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Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Clay Travis is 100% right on the money with this insane hire of Josh Heupel. UCF has to be laughing uncontrollably since they just got rid of at best an average coach and get 6,000,000.00 to boot. Tennessee has now officially become the Houston Texans of the SEC. But honestly what college coach in their right mind would want to walk into this dumpster fire. I feel sorry for fans in Tennessee when your only other option is Vanderbilt.

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