KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee has reached a tentative agreement with former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin to lead the Volunteers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Friday.
A formal announcement was expected early next week, said the person, who requested anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.
Kiffin, 33, replaces Phillip Fulmer, who was forced out after 17 seasons as Tennessee's coach. Fulmer won a national championship in 1998 but had two losing seasons in the last five years, including a 4-7 record this season.
Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton did not return a phone message seeking comment and a school spokesperson declined to comment.
The Volunteers (4-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) play host to Kentucky (6-5, 2-5) on Saturday night in what has been dubbed "Phillip Fulmer appreciation day."