Tennessee Promotes TE Coach Larry Scott To Offensive Coordinator

    Tennessee has promoted tight ends coach Larry Scott to offensive coordinator, replacing the seat left by Mike DeBord earlier in January.

    January 20, 2017

    Tennessee has promoted tight ends coach Larry Scott to offensive coordinator, replacing the seat left by Mike DeBord earlier in January.


    Tennessee will promote Larry Scott to offensive coordinator from his position as tight ends coach, per the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He replaces Mike DeBord as the head of the Volunteers defense after DeBord accepted the same position at Indiana under new head coach Tom Allen earlier this month.

    Scott joined Butch Jones’ staff heading into the 2016 season after spending the previous three years at Miami under Al Golden, including serving as the interim head coach for six games after Golden’s dismissal in 2015.

    Prior to his stint with the Hurricanes, Scott worked his way up from a graduate assistant to assistant coach at South Florida, first as the tight ends coach, then offensive line before returning to tight ends and finally settling in as the running backs coach in 2012.

    For Scott, the main focus now as the coordinator of the Tennessee offense will be to find a replacement for Joshua Dobbs, who had spent the last three-plus seasons under center as the starting quarterback. The running game should be fine despite the departure of Alvin Kamara to the NFL Draft, with John Kelly filling in nicely in the later part of the season after Jalen Hurd decided to transfer.

    The hire is a critical one in Jones’ tenure as the Tennessee head coach, as unfulfilled expectations, including a 9-4 record this past season that started with national championship aspirations, have him squarely on the hot seat.

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