There’s going to be a lot of changes this winter for Tennessee football — regardless of whether or not Jeremy Pruitt returns as the program’s head coach.
Tennessee currently has a couple of staff vacancies. The Vols need an offensive line coach and a defensive line coach. There could be more staff movement in the coming days/weeks, too.
Note: UT recently hired Kevin Steele as an on-field coach. It’s unclear what position he will coach in 2021, but inside linebackers would make sense because current inside linebackers coach Brian Niedermeyer is not expected to return next season.
One potential defensive line coach option for the Vols went off the board on Saturday.
Former UT defensive lineman Marion Hobby, who most recently worked as the defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins, was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend.
Hobby played at Tennessee under Johnny Majors. He worked under Phillip Fulmer as an assistant strength coach in 1998, before joining Dave Cutcliffe’s staff at Ole Miss in 1999.
Fulmer wanted to find Hobby an on-field role at Tennessee in the late 90s.
“I was kind of hiding Marion out, honestly, hoping to get a spot for him on the field,” said Fulmer in early 2017 (via ESPN).
Hobby would’ve been a great fit on Pruitt’s staff, but it’s hard to blame him for wanting to stay in the NFL where he won’t have to deal with the everyday stresses of recruiting.
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