I will give Dooley and staff a minimum of 4 years then judge on the 5th. Unfortunately we were driven into the ground by the last 2 staffs and it will take time. I'm impressed with the recruiting and the improvement being made by players on the field. Just had 4 added to the all SEC freshman team which speaks highly of the coaches not to mention 2 on the all SEC team. Be patient and Go Vols!!
Yesterday, it looked like June Jones had the Arizona State job in hand. Rumors hit the messageboards that Jones would target a top defensive coordinator so he could focus on his offense and the name that got the most play was that of Tennessee’s Justin Wilcox.
A day later, Jones is heading back to SMU with his tail between his legs and Wilcox is reportedly a hot candidate for the head coaching job himself.
John Gambadoro of KTAR-AM in Phoenix tweeted the following this afternoon:
“While its impossible to determine how many cooks are in the ASU kitchen — I am being told that Tenn DC Wilcox is a frontrunner for the job”
Wilcox is a West Coast guy having played at Oregon and coached at California and Boise State. Derek Dooley — who had coached against Wilcox in the WAC — lured him to Knoxville where in his second year he had Tennessee ranked #28 in the nation in total defense and #35 in scoring defense. Not bad considering the youth and inexperience on UT’s roster.
Last offseason, Texas made a run at Wilcox before settling on Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator.