One of the top options to replace Tyson Helton as the Tennessee Vols’ offensive coordinator has been ruled out according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.

Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is reportedly not in the mix for the Vols’ vacant offensive coordinator position.

This news isn’t exactly shocking, given the baggage that Freeze would bring along to Knoxville.

Especially considering a fan revolt centering around off-the-field issues is what prevented Greg Schiano from replacing Butch Jones a year ago.

His issues aside, Freeze would’ve been a solid hire by Jeremy Pruitt and the Volunteers. The Oxford native has strong Memphis recruiting ties (an area very important to UT) and he was the mastermind of the the Rebels’ highly successful offensive attack.

With Freeze out of consideration, expect names like Auburn’s Chip Lindsey, Alabama’s Dan Enos and possibly UT offensive line coach Will Friend to surge to the top of Tennessee’s list.

While there’s still a chance that Pruitt could go with an “outside-the-box” hire, it seems likely he’ll go with a coordinator he’s more familiar with.

LINK: 9 potential replacements for Tyson Helton

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