Report: Tennessee To Hire Brady Hoke As New D-Line Coach

    Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is reportedly headed to the SEC. Tennessee is hiring him to coach the defensive line.

    February 8, 2017

    Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is reportedly headed to the SEC. Tennessee is hiring him to coach the defensive line.


    Brady Hoke has landed another gig at a high-profile school.

    The former Michigan head coach is expected to become the new defensive line coach at Tennessee, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.

    Vols head coach Butch Jones said at the end of the 2016 season that there would be changes on the staff after his team endured a tumultuous 9-4 campaign in his fourth year on the job. While it was a disappointing second half of the season, the Vols were able to reach the AP Top 10 for the first time in nearly 10 years and ended their 11-year losing streak to SEC East rival Florida.

    But Jones desires to return the Vols to the SEC title game, so a staff shakeup has been ongoing. The Vols hired secondary coach Charlton Warren away from North Carolina and brought in quarterbacks coach Mike Canales from Utah State two weeks ago. Former Miami interim head coach Larry Scott was promoted to offensive coordinator after being on the staff as special teams/tight ends coach following the departure of Mike DeBord to Indiana. The Scott hire was key because it was a promotion from within for an offense that set a single-season record for touchdowns and points.

    The 58-year-old Hoke was let go from Oregon after one season of running the team’s defense. The Ducks were trying to switch from a 3-4 to a more aggressive 4-3 scheme, but injuries severely limited the unit’s capabilities. The new gig in Knoxville should suit Hoke well, as he was Michigan’s defensive line coach on the 1997 national championship team. He had a hand in three of the Wolverines’ Big Ten championships under Lloyd Carr.

    Hoke, whose coaching roots are as a teacher of defensive linemen, will also bring his recruiting prowess from the West Coast and Ohio to Knoxville. Hoke recruited Taco Charlton, Chris Wormley and Ryan Glasgow, three Michigan players that will be available for this year’s NFL Draft. Last year, Wolverines defensive line recruit Willie Henry was drafted in the fourth round.

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