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.
Well here’s a bit of a shocker for you this morning. UCLA running back Myles Jack has reportedly withdrawn from UCLA and will prepare to enter the NFL Draft in 2016. The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.
Jack has played linebacker and fullback for the Bruins, and his decision to turn pro now comes off feeling a bit strange. Head coach Jim Mora certainly questions the decision by Jack.
“I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to ….where he fits,” Mora explained, via Thamel. “I’ve been in 25 Draft rooms. I’ve never seen a guys taken off (two games of junior tape)… Myles’ talent is without question. I hope he’s put enough out there where they can get a true evaluation.”
Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury last month in a practice. The injury led USC Athletics Director Pat Haden to send him a letter wishing him well in a sign of good sportsmanship between conference and crosstown rivals. Perhaps the season-ending injury led Jack to consider the consequences of returning in 2016 in a UCLA uniform, with players not being compensated for their play. The question then becomes if Jack is a good enough talent to go in round one, or even round two, considering the latest injury situation for him.
Well, here is the instant opinion of our friend Josh Norris of Rotoworld and an NFL Draft analyst…
Jack was a two-time second team All-Pac-12 selection and Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.
Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.
Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.
The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.