Tennessee denies any decisions made on new coach

Updated: November 27, 2008, 5:54 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton denied a local radio report that said Lane Kiffin had been offered the job as the next head football coach at the school.

WNML radio reported Wednesday that Kiffin, the 33-year-old former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, had been offered the job.

"We have not offered the job to anybody," Hamilton said on WVLT-TV. "If anybody has said that, that would be incorrect information."

Kiffin is a former USC offensive coordinator. Hamilton has not "offered" the job to Kiffin, but contractual parameters have been discussed, a person briefed on the situation told ESPN's Joe Schad.

Two sources told ESPN.com that they expect the search to be wrapped up next week and that Kiffin is at the forefront of that search. Speculation on Tennessee's final candidates centers on Kiffin, Brian Kelly of Cincinnati, Gary Patterson of TCU and Tim Brewster of Minnesota.

Tennessee plays its final game under Phil Fulmer on Saturday against Kentucky.

Information from ESPN.com's Chris Low is included in this report