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Jay Graham leaving Vols for ‘Noles

Tennessee Practice Football AP

After Butch Jones took over for the dismissed Derek Dooley as Tennessee’s head football coach, running backs coach Jay Graham was the lone holdover from Dooley’s staff to be retained by Jones.

Two months later?  The number of retained assistants is now down to zero.

First reported by, Florida State has hired Graham away from UT as an offensive assistant.  Graham’s specific duties on Jimbo Fisher‘s coaching staff are unclear, with the website writing that Graham’s title “may not be determined until FSU fills its final coaching vacancy.”

Officially, Fisher has two openings on his offensive staff after losing coordinator James Coley and tight ends coach Billy Napier to Miami and Alabama, respectively.

Jones confirmed that Graham would be departing the UT football program for another job, although the destination was not revealed by the coach.

“Jay Graham has informed us of his decision to accept a position at another institution,” Jones said in a statement released through his Twitter feed. “The process of adding a new coach to our staff is underway, and we will hire the best person possible as we continue to build our program.”

Graham, who was a Vols running back in the mid-nineties and still holds a handful of school rushing records, spent just one season at his alma mater.  He spent the two seasons prior to that as a running backs/tight ends coach at South Carolina.  He’s also served as a running backs coach during stops at UT-Martin, san Diego and UT-Chattanooga.

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10 Responses to “Jay Graham leaving Vols for ‘Noles”
  1. delashmit says: Feb 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    Bad news for Vols.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Feb 25, 2013 12:42 PM

    delashmit says:
    Feb 25, 2013 11:56 AM
    Bad news for Vols.
    How so? Not exactly like the Vols running game set te world on fire last year. New coach so even one holdover from that putrid season was a bit shocking.

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    Now if only we could get james wilder jr. To quit getting arrested, this guy will have a stable of good players to coach.

  4. delashmit says: Feb 25, 2013 1:13 PM

    Hurts in recruiting.
    That ia ‘How so.”

  5. be4bama says: Feb 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    Who could blame him?

  6. dee6634 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:49 PM

    Trooper’s available.

    He’s already coached there. I’m sure his background check is still good…

  7. delashmit says: Feb 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    Trooper coached at Tennessee but I believe I remember him having some issues with NCAA violations. When Phil Fulmer was at Tennessee I wanted him to hire Trooper as offensive coordinator when Randy Shannon left. Instead he hired Dave Clawson who was a total disaster and I believe led in a large part to Fulmer’s demise as head coach.

  8. quitcrying says: Feb 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    Butch Jones will find the right hire and this will not be a big deal. As far as Trooper Taylor goes – no thanks!

  9. vols84 says: Feb 25, 2013 9:56 PM

    Trooper is going to sit this season in a recliner with his hat on backwards, waiving a towel and hip bumping the TV this season. Like it was said early, no thanks.

  10. LasseterRTR says: Feb 26, 2013 1:18 AM

    just checking to see if my username changed folks, testing testing 123…

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