Tennessee and Lane Kiffin have reached a tentative agreement with the former Oakland Raiders coach 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 Vols coach. Fulmer won a national championship in 1998 but had two losing seasons in the last five years, including a 4-7 mark this year.
Tennessee athletic department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter declined to comment on Kiffin because Fulmer had not finished his season.
SOUTH FLORIDA: Pass game coordinator Mike Canales will interview today in Salt Lake City for the Utah State head coaching job with Aggie school officials.
"I'm looking forward to meeting with the administration and giving them my plan for success," said Canales, a former three-year starting quarterback at Utah State.
NO. 9 BOISE STATE 61
FRESNO STATE 10
BOISE, Idaho - Kyle Wilson returned a punt 90 yards, wide receiver Tanyon Bissell threw for another touchdown on a smooth reverse pass, and No. 9 Boise State went from endangered to dazzling by scoring 48 points after halftime to beat Fresno State.
Ian Johnson ran for 128 yards and scored two touchdowns as scouts from three BCS bowls watched from the press box.
The Broncos (12-0) led by just 13-10 early in the third quarter before Jeremy Avery ran for a 43-yard TD three minutes after halftime. Then came three more touchdowns in a 3 1/2 -minute span to clinch Boise State's third undefeated regular season in four years.
NO. 25 MISSISSIPPI 45,
MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
OXFORD, Miss. - Jevan Snead threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns, Greg Hardy had three of Mississippi's school-record 11 sacks and the 25th-ranked Rebels beat Mississippi State in the most lopsided Egg Bowl in 37 years.
The Rebels (8-4, 5-3 SEC), spurred by an opportunity to play in a top-tier bowl, scored 2:20 seconds in, led 24-0 after the first quarter and dominated the fading Bulldogs (4-8, 2-6) in every phase.
WEST VIRGINIA 15
PITTSBURGH - LeSean McCoy scored his second touchdown with 52 seconds left to finish off a 183-yard performance, and Pittsburgh (8-3, 4-2) beat rival West Virginia (7-4, 4-2) to make Cincinnati the Big East champion.
McCoy carried all but one play on the 59-yard, game-winning touchdown drive in the closing minutes, scoring from the 1.
Pat White scored on a 54-yard touchdown run, but West Virginia (7-4, 4-2) lost for the second year in a row in the Backyard Brawl.
ARKANSAS 31, LSU 30
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Casey Dick threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to London Crawford on fourth-and-1 with 22 seconds remaining to give Arkansas victory over LSU (7-5, 3-5 SEC).
The Razorbacks (5-7, 2-6) trailed 30-14 early in the third quarter when Dick replaced his younger brother Nathan at quarterback. With the help of several LSU penalties, Arkansas slowly chipped away before converting twice on fourth down on the winning drive.
On fourth down from the LSU 24 with the clock running, the Razorbacks hastily lined up to run a play. Dick found Crawford single covered in the end zone, and the junior held on for a touchdown.