Other candidates Fulmer reportedly is looking at are SMU coach Chad Morris, Washington coach Chris Petersen and defensive coordinators Jeremy Pruitt (Alabama) and Brent Venables (Clemson).
In addition, Fulmer and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin spoke extensively by phone Tuesday morning, and sources close to Martin told ESPN it was a "very positive conversation moving in the right direction".More news: SpaceX to launch Falcon Heavy with Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster on board
Tucker is in his second season with the Bulldogs and now is helping prepare the team for its first appearance in the College Football Playoff.
One athletic director upheaval and several swings and misses on the coaching carousel later, the Vols could finally be closing in on a new head honcho. Tucker helped Alabama win a national championship in 2015 before heading to Georgia along with Kirby Smart.More news: Honor 7X Review: Bezel-less smartphone on a budget
Steele has had similar success with the Tigers and also is in his second season with Auburn. He went on to coach at Nebraska, the Carolina Panthers, and Baylor before he coached at Florida State and Alabama. He was initially there from 2007-12, the last three seasons as defensive backs coach.
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The lights in the Tennessee football offices were regularly on after 10 p.m. seven days a week when Phillip Fulmer was the Vols' head coach, so nothing has changed. During the 2014-15 season returned to the SEC as a defensive coordinator for Georgia.