If Tennessee supporters have learned anything over these past few years, it's that there's no such thing as a sure thing in Knoxville.
Early Tuesday evening, an ESPN report surfaced that Tennessee had targeted Louisville head coach Charlie Strong as the top candidate for its open head coaching position. After the initial report from ESPN's Chris Low, a Nashville radio station reported a rumor that Strong's deal would be for five years at around $3.7 Million per year.
In the ESPN report, Chris Low was careful to state "Nothing has been finalized, and Louisville is expected to do what it can to keep Strong." Apparently many in the Volnation skipped over that part.
At this point, Strong may in fact be Tennessee's top target, but that does not mean the deal is done or that the Louisville head coach will officially become the next Tennessee head coach at a Wednesday press conference.
In fact, an SB Nation report has surfaced that Tennessee interviewed UNC head football coach Larry Fedora on Tuesday. The report also stated Fedora is a "serious" candidate to land the job.
At this point, no one knows who Tennessee's next head football coach will be, when it will be announced, or how many more Vols fans will threaten mutiny after what might turn out to be the second exciting coaching rumor-turned pipe dream in the last week.
The only thing that is certain, besides the uncertainty, is that it appears Charlie Strong is, at least for now, one of three candidates for the Tennessee job.
Uncertainty has been the reality of Tennessee football since 2008. Surely you didn't expect that to change this quickly.