Sport Jason Witten denies rumor he'd leave Cowboys to coach Vols

06:20  28 november  2017
06:20  28 november  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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And somehow the Tennessee coaching search managed to get even weirder, leaving Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in a spot to deny that he ’s even a candidate for the job. How did this happen? It started from a report by OutkickTheCoverage

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After Tennessee's attempted hire of Greg Schiano as football coach broke down on Sunday following fan and social media backlash, multiple names have been floated in the rumor mill as possible candidates for the vacant head coaching position.

Former Tennessee coaches and players have reportedly been linked to the opening, including current Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who shot down a false report he was interested in the job.

"The University of Tennessee is my alma mater. It’s a storied program, it’s a proud program. I have so many great relationships up there over the years," Witten said Monday, via the Cowboys website. "For me, certainly coaching is something I can see myself down the road, having one of those opportunities. But right now I’m all in with this team and my feet are planted firmly here with this opportunity that I have in 2017 — getting it right this week."

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Per ESPN's Todd Archer, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said he would not return to his alma mater to coach after a report from Outkick the Coverage said he would leave if the job was offered to him . Witten is not the only former Vol to be mentioned in Tennessee's coaching search.

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Witten, who played for the Vols from 2000 to 2002, says he has spoken with Tennessee athletics director John Currie throughout the coaching search, but has no intention of cutting off his Pro Football Hall of Fame career mid-season.

"People around you can say ‘Oh, maybe one day he’d be a good coach,’ and I could consider something like that," Witten said. "Certainly, I could see that happening — but no time soon. I’m enjoying and loving what I’m doing right now."

a close up of a baseball player holding a bat: Jason Witten © (Getty Images) Jason Witten

Tee Martin, the Tennessee quarterback who led the team to victory in the BCS title game following the 1998 season, is being considered by the university for the head-coaching vacancy, according to Fox Sports.

The head coach position at Tennessee has been open since Currie fired Butch Jones on Nov. 12. Currie promised to spearhead "an exhaustive search" to replace Jones. Former Buccaneers coach, and current ESPN broadcaster, Jon Gruden is the coach most Tennessee fans would like to see in Knoxville next season.

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