Originally Posted by paintmered
Whit called Texas Tech and left two voice mails with this AD prior to contacting Tommy Tuberville. I suppose he didn't have "permission", but it wasn't due to him not trying. I can't fault him for Texas Tech not answering their phone.
Also, Whit commented during his press conference that Tennessee was the only school to request permission to speak with Butch Jones. He stated that it is rare today but a very important action for him.
My point is why isn't it illegal to discuss a new job with a head coach who's currently under contract to a school? It goes without saying that asking permission is the ethical thing to do but if the school doesn't technically have to grant it, so what? It's bad enough that coaching contracts don't seem to mean much these days but I'd think that a school paying a coach should at least retain the power to approve the dealings, give deadlines etc.