With the all of the craziness that is the current coaching search for the next head coach at the University of Tennessee, multiple fans and former players have voiced their opinions that “Tennessee guys” need to be more involved and on the coaching staff.
So with that, we decided to have a little fun a create a coaching staff of nothing but former Tennessee Vols. This isn’t an All-Vol All-Star coaching staff. This is a staff could kind of, maybe happen. There’s some reality to it – Tee Martin has officially gotten a call from Tennessee – but also one or two just for fun.
Tee Martin – Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
After working his way from the bottom of the coaching ranks, Tee Martin gets his first head coaching opportunity. He started out at Morehouse College helping out with the passing game then moved on two Georgia area high schools for a year each. After a year at New Mexico as the QB coach, he spent the next two season at Kentucky, first as the wide receivers coach before earning the extra responsibilities of being the passing game coordinator.
After Kentucky, he moved out west to USC to became their wide receiver coach. After two seasons, he earned the passing game coordinator title again. In 2016, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. The BCS Championship winning QB turned coach has been mentioned as an up and coming coach, and new Tennessee Athletic Direct Phillip Fulmer gives him his first shot at being the main guy.
Kevin Steele – Defensive Coordinator
Steele could return for the third time to the Tennessee coaching staff. Reports say that Fulmer talked to Steele in Atlanta this past weekend.
Following his playing career, he was a student assistant then a graduate assistant on Rocky Top. He also served as the linebackers coach in 1982 and the defensive backs coach in 1987 & 1988. Since then, he has held many positions in the NCAA and the NFL, including the Carolina Panthers, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and is currently Auburn’s defensive coordinator. He was also the head coach at Baylor for four seasons where he compiled a 9-36 record. That shaky record kept him from getting a look at the head coaching gig.
Jay Graham – Running Backs Coach
After a six year professional playing career, Graham comes back to Tennessee for the third time. A graduate assistant at UT after his playing days were over, Graham moved on to UT-Martin to serve as the running backs coach and to get his feet wet as the recruiting coordinator. He then moved on to Miami (OH) and South Carolina before coming back to Knoxville for a brief stay before leaving for Florida State where he has been since 2013. Regarded as on of the top recruiters in the country, Graham would be a huge asset to the Tennessee coaching staff.
Dale Jones – Defensive Line Coach
Jones started his coaching career at Tennessee in 1989 when he served as a graduate assistant after playing for the Vols in the early ’80s. Since then, he has coached in the Italian Football League, Florida, and Georgia Military College. He has been coaching with Appalachian State since 1996 where he has coached defensive line, linebackers, and special teams, in addition to being the defensive coordinator for three season from 2010 through 2012. Even though his title is defensive line coach, Jones would be able to help the Vols out across the board on defense.
Terry Fair – Defensive Backs Coach
Terry Fair completed his two-time All-SEC Vols playing career as a first round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. After a six year NFL career, the cornerback hosted local radio in Knoxville… (so he truly understands the fan base from both sides of the coin).
Fair was hired by Butch Jones in 2013 as a defensive quality control coach and was hired away by Colorado State in 2015. In his first two seasons as DBs coach, the Colorado State defense gave up only an average of 167 yards per game in the air. Fair would also be a key recruiter for Tennessee.
Now that the realistic coaches are out of the way… Here are a few former Vols that it would be fun to see on a potential Tee Martin led coaching staff.
Casey Clausen – Quarterbacks Coach
In 2013, The Iceman was hired as the head coach of Calabasas High School in California. He took over a program that went 0-10 and went 6-6 in his first season. In 2017, he led his team to a 10-2 record, losing in the second round of the playoffs. Since taking over at Calabasas, Clausen has had several players become highly ranked by national recruiting services. Clausen would also be able to be a pipeline to his native California, being able to explain to recruits why it is worth it to come out east to Tennessee.
Peerless Price – Wide Receivers Coach
Do we need to really put anything here besides this?
Al Wilson – Linebackers Coach / Pre-game Motivator
Two time SEC champion. BCS National Champion. Consensus All-American. Two time 1st Team All-SEC. Five time Pro Bowler. Arguably one of the greatest defensive players in Tennessee history. Enough said.
Here’s Wilson last week on the SwainEvent – for motivational purposes.
James Wilhoit – Kickers/Punters Coach
Wilhoit currently works with some of the top high school kickers in the country. He did this too.