Tennessee lost Lane Kiffin to USC, and couldn't persuade Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp or Duke head coach David Cutcliffe to come to Knoxville.
But in the end, getting Derek Dooley to be the 22nd head coach in the program's history might be a very good thing.
Dooley is young (41) and an up and coming coach. He was just 17-20 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech. But the Bulldogs finished second in the WAC in 2008, gaining the program its first bowl game and bowl victory (Independence) in 30 years.
He also has roots in the SEC. His dad, Vince Dooley, was the legendary head coach at Georgia. Plus, Dooley served on Nick Saban's staff at LSU. Dooley was LSU's recruiting coordinator, bringing in some stellar classes.
Dooley followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins, gaining the valuable pro experience that some recruits look for when deciding where to go to school.
After the messy split with Kiffin, perhaps not getting a head coach who isn't a big name but has potential is the best thing.