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Report: Tennessee, Chris Holtmann talk about vacant head coaching position

Per the Tennessean, the Vols are enamored with the Bulldogs' head coach.

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Well, this is an interesting turn of events.

The Tennessee Volunteers are looking for a new head coach. This comes after the dismissal of Donnie Tyndall on Friday morning due to a messy fracas he brought along with him from Southern Miss. Who might the Vols be after?

According to The Tennessean, the head honcho of a school to the north of Knoxville.

Matt Slovin is reporting that Tennessee and Butler Bulldogs head coach Chris Holtmann had what was called a "preliminary conversation" about the head coaching vacancy on Friday shortly after Tyndall's dismissal.

Nothing as of writing has been finalized yet, but according to Slovin, there is mutual interest between the two parties. And, of course, it should also be noted that there is likely a slew of candidates out there for the Volunteers' head coach position.

Holtmann was as integral to the surprising 2014-15 Butler Bulldogs as anyone was after being handed a dicey situation with Brandon Miller's abrupt leave from the program. The 'Dawgs returned to the NCAA Tournament and finished 23-11 after falling short of the Sweet 16 to Elite Eight-bound Notre Dame just about a week ago.

We won't and should not panic yet. However, there is a question that must be asked: