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Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:15 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 4:22 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's March 2, and even after February had an extra day in it this year, Tennessee is somehow still hemorrhaging assistant coaches.

According to a report from Tennessee Rivals affiliate and confirmed by's Bruce Feldman, Vol defensive backs coach (and recruiting coordinator) Terry Joseph has resigned to accept the same position at Nebraska. The Huskers' secondary coaching position came open when LSU hired Bayou Bengal alum Corey Raymond away from Nebraska Feb. 27. Joseph served as a graduate assistant under Huskers head coach Bo Pelini during Pelini's tenure as defensive coordinator at (you guessed it) LSU.

Joseph becomes the seventh Volunteer assistant to depart Derek Dooley's struggling program this offseason, with his decision ensuring that Dooley will enter the 2012 season with an entirely new defensive staff. The only holdovers from the Vols' 2011 staff will be offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and current wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw. With Hinshaw having moved to the receivers' role after coaching quarterbacks last season, not one position on the Vol depth chart will be coached by the same position coach as in 2011.

On the one hand, Joseph's individual departure isn't that big a deal; it comes too late to make any impact on the 2012 recruiting class, but early enough that Dooley should be able to repair the damage both in terms of the 2013 class and in finding someone worthwhile to coach DB's before the 2012 season.

On the other, every shred of stability Dooley could hang onto in a program that's been reeling ever since its season-ending defeat at Kentucky is a huge help, and losing seven assistants in a matter of months -- many of them in moves there's no way other to describe other than "lateral" -- not only erodes that stability, it creates the image of a program that's unstable enough to have its head coach dismissed if things don't turn around.

That image, in turn, does make the program more unstable. Dooley still has plenty going for him, but the lack of confidence shown in him and his program by his now-former assistants has made what already shaped up as a make-or-break season that much more difficult. If there's a coach in the SEC in more dire need of a positive spring camp, we haven't seen him.

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Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:39 pm

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

It really is crap how the assistants can just up and leave whenever.  We have top notch facilities, beautiful mountains, great tradition among many other things at Tennessee.  Good luck up in Nebraska shuckin corn.  You could have stayed and watch how good our VOLS will be this year.  Then again, its also likely that we have another season like last year, depending on injuries. As usual.....GO VOLS!! 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:47 pm

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Do they not have contracts in Tennessee?  How is it that a guy under contract can make a lateral move like that?  This program is headed right for the toilet. 

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