Former Tennessee QB Peyton Manning called Mike Gundy to pitch Vols job

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A Tennessee Volunteers legend is doing what he can to help the school find a new head football coach. McMurphy states that "Tennessee could easily top" the $4.2 million annual salary that Gundy now makes at Oklahoma State. A source also says UT has reached out to Purdue's Jeff Brohm and NC State's Dave Doeren.

Both Low and McMurphy also claim that former Vol quarterback Peyton Manning contacted Gundy via phone call in the last week. He then took the head coaching position in 2005 and has been the head coach since. He has a 113-53 record in his 13 seasons at Oklahoma State, including back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and "16, with a chance for a third with a bowl win in 2017". With the move, Gundy would head a program that clearly has the state's undivided support, unlike in Oklahoma, where the Cowboys are often overshadowed by the Sooners. Gundy earlier this year inked a contract extension with the Cowboys that paid him $4.2 million this season and included very minimal escalators in following years.

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The former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach had previously worked as a defensive assistant at Penn State under former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child molestation stemming from his tenure with the Nittany Lions in 2012.

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