NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has weighed in on the madness surrounding the Tennessee Volunteers’ search for a new football coach.

The sheriff’s office posted to Twitter on Thursday night its K-9 named Ace would not become the next coach at Tennessee.

The tweet, which has 1,192 retweets and 2,817 likes, reads:

“Sorry, @Vol_Football, Ace called this press conference to announce he would not be the new head coach at Tennessee and he will be staying with our K9 Unit.”

Reports say the Vols are now pursuing Washington State coach Mike Leach to come to Knoxville, Tennessee. Dave Doeren has decided to stay at North Carolina State.

Tennessee's coaching search became national news after fan outrage against the university's attempt to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who is accused of having ties to Jerry Sandusky's scandal at Penn State.

The Vols have pursued Schiano, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden.

Media members speculate Tennessee could also hire former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, former LSU coach Les Miles, USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin or Florida Atlantic University coach Lane Kiffin.

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