As Tennessee awaits an answer from Mike Gundy, which is expected Wednesday, it appears that — inexplicably — UT was in talks with Gundy before turning to Greg Schiano, yet chose to offer the job to Schiano first:

Interestingly, reports emerged on Tuesday that Tennessee was interested in Gundy even before Sunday’s disastrous flirtation with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. ESPN’s Chris Low first reported Tuesday that Peyton Manning first talked to Gundy last week, and that Gundy was impressed by the former quarterback’s spiel.

It’s unclear how Tennessee went from making connection with Gundy to attempting to hire Schiano. Few people would rank Schiano — who had success at Rutgers but flamed out as a head coach after just two seasons in the NFL — as a better candidate than Gundy. As CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee tweeted Tuesday evening, “Tennessee ending up with Mike Gundy after trying to hire Greg Schiano would be like ordering tofu and ending up with a bone-in ribeye.”