Butch Jones is looking for a new offensive coordinator going into his fifth season at Tennessee. It will not be former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
Mike Griffith of SEC Country has reported the former Ducks’s coach “is not currently among the viable candidates for the Tennessee opening.” The Helfrich to UT rumors started when he showed up for Tennessee practices in Nashville prior to the Music City Bowl. The rumors heated up after Mike DeBord left the post for the same job at Indiana on Tuesday.
So why not hire Hefrich? Helfrich coached Oregon to a National Title game in the first year of the College Football Playoff. He’s coached a Heisman Trophy quarterback in Marcus Mariota. The Oregon offense has been one of the most prolific units in college football for almost a decade.
Butch Jones was never going to hire Mark Hefrich. It’s not something Butch Jones would do. All signs point toward Jones promoting Larry Scott to offensive coordinator from his title of tight ends and special teams coach.
This will disappoint UT fans. However, Vol fans shouldn’t be all too surprised. Jones runs the offense. It was his path to becoming a college head coach. Unlike the hire of Bob Shoop as defensive coordinator last year, Jones will not hire a top name to run HIS offense.
Butch Jones was never going to hire Helfrich. Too high profile… Different than the Shoop hire:
The offense is his and he won’t give it up.
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) January 5, 2017
Until Butch Jones can put his ego aside he will continue to hold back Tennessee Football from what it can become. Jones has done a great job to bring the Vols back to relevance, but he can’t allow his ego to get in the way of it taking to the next step: a real championship.