Over the weekend, it was “reported” that current Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was weighing a job offer for the same position from Texas.
A day later, Vols head coach Derek Dooley claimed that Wilcox “has never been offered a job at Texas“. In his first meeting with the media since the speculation hit the fan, Wilcox denied a job offer as well. Interestingly, though, he refused to confirm or deny any potential interest.
In denying an offer from the other UT was on the table, Wilcox says his focus is 100 percent on helping the Vols prepare for their Music City Bowl date with North Carolina Dec. 30.
“Here’s the deal, I have a great job at Tennessee, I have not been offered any other jobs, I’m not in discussions about any other jobs, I believe 100 percent in what we’re doing here at Tennessee,” Wilcox said according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. “I back Coach (Derek) Dooley 100 percent and where this program is going. My sole focus, 100 percent, along with the other coaches is getting ready for North Carolina. That’s what I’ve spent my time doing and will continue spending my time doing.
“That’s about it. We can talk about North Carolina.”
Of course, the media would not and could not be so easily dismissed. Wilcox was subsequently asked point-blank if he is a candidate for the ‘Horns vacant coordinator job. Instead of once and for all silencing the speculation, Wilcox added a little fuel to the fire.
“I can’t really answer all that,” he said. “I can’t get into hypotheticals, it doesn’t make any sense. We can talk about North Carolina, I understand you have to do your job, but I can’t get into all that.
“There’s no distraction – I’ve been up there working the whole time. I don’t know. I mean, we’re practicing, we’re getting ready for North Carolina and that’s all we’re doing.”
So, yeah, this is a story that’s not going to go silently into the postseason night.