One of the byproducts of having a great coaching staff is there tends to be a lot of turnover.
That’s because successful assistants on good teams are typically able to turn that experience into a better paying job.
This is something that Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is quickly learning.
The Vols lost two assistants to the NFL during the offseason. Inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer left for the New York Giants, while outside linebackers coach Chris Rumph took a gig with the Houston Texans.
It might not be long before Pruitt is forced to replace antoher key defensive assistant.
The Athletic recently named UT defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley as a “coordinator to watch” this season.
Another Nick Saban protégé turning heads in the SEC, Ansley’s defense last season held opponents to 334.5 yards per game, Tennessee’s best mark in a decade and good enough to rank in the top 25 nationally.
If the Vols’ defense continues to improve, there’s no doubt that Ansley will get some looks as a head coach.
The question is whether or not Ansley will hold out a for Power-5 coaching gig (it’s also possible an NFL team shows interest in Ansley as a defensive coordinator).
I tend to think Ansley will wait for a Power-5 job (like Pruitt and former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart both did), instead of taking a job at a group-of-five program.
Fortunately for Tennessee, it looks like the coaching carousel won’t be fully in motion this offseason, due to the coronavirus pandemic. So maybe Ansley will stick around on Rocky Top for a few more years.
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