New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones indicated during his introductory press conference that he would work to bring in former Volunteers players to serve in coaching capacities on his staff. On Saturday Rivals.com affiliate Volquest.com reported that former Vol running back and current running backs coach Jay Graham would be the only holdover from the previous coaching staff.
On Sunday, Volquest updated that report to add that Tee Martin, quarterback of Tennessee's 1998 national championship team, was contacted about filling a position on Jones' staff. The former Vol standout is currently serving as the wide receivers coach for Lane Kiffin at the University of Southern California. He has SEC experience, having coached wide receivers at Kentucky during the 2010-2011 seasons.
Aside from Graham, Jones is expected release all other members of former coach Derek Dooley's staff, including offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who served as interim head coach after Dooley was fired with one game remaining on the 2012 schedule.
Dooley's entire defensive staff has been fired.
The same report that indicates Jones has reached out to Martin also states that the team will bring in Willie Martinez, formerly at Auburn, to coach the secondary for the Vols. Also, Jones is expected to add at least three of his assistants from the University of Cincinnati. Defensive coordinator John Jancek, defensive line coach Steve Stripling and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian are likely to join the staff at Tennessee.
Butch Jones has wasted no time getting to work in his efforts to rebuild the football program at Tennessee. And with national signing day for high school recruits fast approaching, there is little time to waste.
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