With every day that passes, the Tennessee Vols’ search for an offensive coordinator becomes harder to comprehend.
At this point, I’m not sure anyone knows Jeremy Pruitt’s angle in this search — though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Ultimately, Pruitt has no obligation to keep fans, or the media, informed of his intentions. Pruitt knows, more than anyone, that he needs to nail this hire. That’s likely why the search has stretched into 2019.
There have been lots of names tossed around during the search. Some of those names are still in play, while others have accepted jobs elsewhere or declined to leave their current position.
One of the names that’s been bandied about is Matt Canada, who has been the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, NC State, Pittsburgh, LSU and Maryland.
Pruitt reportedly talked to Canada this week. But according to a report from John Brice, the Vols have decided to move on.
Lots of #Vols OC questions. Pruitt has talked with both Steve Sarkisian & Matt Canada, as @AustinPriceless also excellently noted. I’m told #Vols spoke w/ Canada yesterday & have moved on. “Sark is going to have a lot of options” both college/NFL I was told.
— John Brice (@JohnDBrice1) January 3, 2019
This doesn’t really surprise me. I’ve mentioned Canada’s name a couple of times, but I’ve never considered him a serious option for the Tennessee. His offensive philosophy would be a good fit, but personality wise I don’t think he would work well with Pruitt.
Canada is the type of offensive coordinator that would want complete autonomy on the offensive side of the ball. I don’t think that’s something that’s going to happen under Pruitt (at least not this early in his tenure).
I still think Steve Sarkisian is the most likely hire. Though after reading Brice’s report, I’m not sure Sarkisian coming to Tennessee, if the Vols want him, is such a sure thing.
With the recruiting dead period ending soon, it would be in Pruitt’s best interest to hire an offensive coordinator. I understand wanting to find the right fit, but a hire needs to be made sooner rather than later.
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