Air Force's Troy Calhoun takes his name out of consideration

Air Force's Troy Calhoun takes his name out of consideration at Tennessee

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COLORADO SPRINGS (WATE) -- Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun ended speculation Thursday that he was being considered as a candidate for the head coaching job at Tennessee.

The academy issued a statement saying, "We are more than grateful and proud to be closely involved with the character building of our cadets and the mission of the United States Air Force Academy. We are diligently recruiting and working with our team to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to coaching and being a part of the Air Force Academy team both on and off the field in 2010."

Calhoun called a team meeting Thursday at 3:50 p.m. Mountain Time, or 5:50 Eastern Time, which lead to questions about whether he was announcing his departure.

The Tennessee job came open Tuesday when Lane Kiffin left after one season to take over as head coach at USC.

Calhoun's name was mentioned the same night as Kiffin's announcement. Sources say he was widely considered as the runner-up to Kiffin after the departure of Phillip Fulmer.

When asked about Tennessee by phone with the Denver Post Wednesday night, Calhoun said, "Anything that is just chatter. I'm dedicated to the Air Force Academy. I have no idea where these things originate. I love being part of the process here at the academy that is an influence on our great young people."

Calhoun was 25-14 in three seasons at Air Force. He took over a program that had posted three straight losing seasons and lead his team to eight or more wins and a bowl victory each year.


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