The administration thought it had secured a new coach in Greg Schiano, who is now the defensive coordinator at Ohio State.
Tennessee's offer to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was "an aggressive offer", a guaranteed multi-year contract worth "at least $7 million a year", according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiation.
There has been no word yet from Oklahoma State or Gundy on the reports, though flight trackers are on the case.
A former quarterback at Oklahoma State, Gundy has been at his alma mater for 18 years, the last 13 as head coach. He did improve the program, but had a disastrous 2017 and was sacked after a humiliating 50-17 loss at Missouri.
So, Currie is back at the drawing board and he's just about used up all his crayons.
Gundy is coming off of a 9-3 season in Stillwater, disappointing in some regards given the preseason hype and the return of quarterback Mason Rudolph and receiver James Washington. He then had a one-year stint with the NFL Carolina Panthers before returning to the collegiate ranks for a horrific stint as head coach at Baylor University.
Another option for Tennessee is USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who we've been told is in play for this job and has a legit shot at it. Martin has coached in the SEC as an assistant at Kentucky.
Gundy is the winningest football coach in Oklahoma State history with a 113-53 record.