Published December 22, 2010 - 6:00am
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Tennessee fans are wondering what will happen with Justin Wilcox and possible mutual interest from the Texas Longhorns to court him to be their next defensive coordinator. Let’s step out on a limb here and say Wilcox does indeed accept the Texas offer. What direction will Tennessee turn?
Derek Dooley has recently said that there are tons of coaches who would be begging for the defensive coordinator job at Tennessee if Wilcox were to leave, and I completely agree with him. However, I know exactly what I would do if I were in Dooley’s shoes. I would promote current linebacker coach Lance Thompson to defensive coordinator and hire the hottest linebacker coach in the country that no one is talking about…except Tennessee – Al Wilson.
Wilson had a great college career and NFL career. He played for the Volunteers in the late 90’s and everyone who touched the ball while playing against him feared him the most. After Tennessee, Wilson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round. He went on to have a decorated career and recently retired from the NFL in 2008 after a tremendous, All-Pro career.
While at Tennessee, Wilson led the defense in 1998 all the way to the National Title. His crippling hits will be remembered forever in the minds of Vol fans.
If Dooley could somehow get Wilson on the coaching staff, especially at linebackers coach, linebacker recruits would be flocking to Knoxville.
If Wilcox were to leave for Texas, Volunteer fans should be hot on Dooley to bring Al Wilson back home.