On Tuesday, the focus of the Tennessee Vols’ defensive coordinator searched was focused on Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington.
UT reportedly offered Washington a lucrative contract to leave Columbus and become a first-time defensive coordinator.
Washington was going back and forth on leaving Ohio State. For now, it’s trending toward Washington staying with the Buckeyes.
With that in mind, it appears that Tennessee is expanding their search to look at other candidates.
WMNL’s Jimmy Hyams reported on Tuesday night that LSU linebackers coach Blake Baker has been offered the Tennessee defensive coordinator job.
Baker, who was just hired by LSU this offseason, was previously the defensive coordinator at Miami for two seasons under Manny Diaz.
After the 2020 season, Diaz told reporters that he would be calling defensive plays in 2021 (Baker had previously been calling the defense). Baker left for LSU not long after.
At the time, Baker told reporters that LSU is the only place he would’ve left Miami for.
So how much of a factor will Baker be in this search?
Not much of one according to 247Sports LSU writer Shea Dixon.
Dixon reported late Tuesday night that “nothing’s brewing” in regards to Baker leaving LSU for another job.
This is probably good news. It doesn’t sound like Baker would be a good fit for the Vols. Hiring a defensive coordinator who just lost playcalling duties at an ACC program probably wouldn’t be a wise move for Tennessee.
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