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Navy DC latest coach connected to Vols

Navy's Warrick stops Army's Steelman on fourth own late in the second half of the 112th Army-Navy football game in Landover, Maryland Reuters

Clemson’s Kevin Steele, former Miami head coach Randy Shannon, LSU’s John Chavis and Alabama assistant Sal Sunseri have been some of the coaches mentioned as possibilities to fill the defensive coordinator position at Tennessee.

A week and a half after Justin Wilcox left the Vols for the same job at Washington to create that vacancy, another name has been tossed into the coordinator mix.

First reported by the Washington Post, and subsequently confirmed by the Knoxville News Sentinel, long-time Navy coordinator Buddy Green is set to interview at UT on Thursday.  That would mark the second straight day a candidate has had a sit-down with head coach Derek Dooley; Sunseri reportedly interviewed for the job Wednesday.

The Post went on to write that “it’s unclear whether he would accept the job even if offered”, although it’s unclear why Green would interview for a job he wasn’t certain he’d accept.

Green has spent the past 10 seasons guiding the Navy defense, and has also been a coordinator at his alma mater North Carolina State as well as Southern University.  From 1994-99, he was the head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

In addition to Wilcox, Dooley has lost wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett (retired), special teams coordinator Eric Russell (Washington State) and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon (Washington) since the end of the season.  The only coach hired since then to offset the losses has been running backs coach Jay Graham.

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4 Responses to “Navy DC latest coach connected to Vols”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    Realistically, I don’t see any of the LSU or Alabama coaches making the move to Vanderbilt. They are paid pretty well at their present schools, and they will wait for a big time school, to come calling. I would think the Navy coach might be a good hire, simply for the fact, that he has coached where the recruiting of top athletes is hard to come by, and Navy has been fairly decent for the last ten years or so, considering the size and restriction the Academy has. Not too sure that a former head coach, like Shannon would be a good fit for Vanderbilt either, but not sure on that fact. Vanderbilt will find a coach that fits their needs though as they are trying real hard to make a better fit into the SEC football world.

  2. dee6634 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:17 AM

    An obvious Freudian slip. You meant Uut, but seeing that the pecking order in the state and conference has shifted, it’s completely understandable.

  3. woebegong says: Jan 12, 2012 9:22 AM

    Gotcha, you mean UT, like In Knoxville. It might very well have shifted for the next couple of years, although Vandy, with it’s strict and hard academic requirements, makes recruiting more difficult than say most of the other SEC schools.

  4. drexelvol says: Jan 12, 2012 11:46 AM

    Buddy Green coaches a 3-4, zone defense, which is darn near a prevent. I see no fit whatsoever.

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