Sources: Vols check to see if Gruden, Smith interested in open job

Updated: November 17, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN.com

The University of Tennessee is checking to see if there are any NFL volunteers to replace coach Phillip Fulmer.

In a wide-ranging nationwide search, sources say Tennessee has recently gauged the interest of at least two NFL head coaches -- Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears.

Smith, a former assistant at Tennessee, told a university representative that he had no interest in the job.

It is unknown how Gruden privately responded, ...

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