There are numerous message boards lighting up throughout the Internet about Justin Wilcox being in possible negotiations with Texas about the defensive coordinator position.
He is currently in a three-year deal worth $600,000, so there is probably nothing that Texas couldn't do as far luring him away with money.
Tennessee is in a rebuilding phase, which has forced Wilcox to dig into his bag of tricks more this year. First of all he has had to fill in positions that have little or no depth. For example, Marsalis Teague played wide receiver last year but had to move to cornerback.
It seems the defensive line has been constantly shuffled around because of no depth at defensive tackle. Luckily Malik Jackson transferred from USC (thanks for kicking Lane Kiffin in the ribs, Malik!) last year. Funny thing is he came to Tennessee as a rush end, a sack master if you will. However, he has provided the only real depth in the interior defensive line. Who knows who will line up beside him from play to play? It's a crapshoot.
One of the starting safeties, Brent Brewer, was a minor league baseball player before coming in last year, and he's 23 years old. So it's understandable to be frustrated without the players one needs to build a defense.
One rumor is that he isn't exactly jiving with defensive line coach Chuck Smith. Smith, a Tennessee alum, has a great reputation of training NFL defensive linemen since retiring from a Pro Bowl-filled career. The only problem would seem is he has trained people individually and may not get the whole "work as a unit" concept yet in his young coaching career.
Smith was a Derek Dooley hire, and I don't see old Chuck going anywhere, even if it means losing his defensive coordinator. Too much history there with them being high school buddies and all, plus it seems the defensive ends have been one of the few bright spots this year on defense.
In the following slides are the top five reasons Wilcox should stay in Knoxville. Please feel free to comment.