Josh Heupel reportedly parts ways with pair of Tennessee assistant coaches
Josh Heupel has begun to remake the Tennessee coaching staff in earnest as two offensive coaches have reportedly been relieved of their duties on Rocky Top.
This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Heupel was hired to fix Tennessee’s struggling offense and the first-year Volunteer coach has already declared he will call the plays on Rocky Top in 2021.
Following that declaration, there wasn’t a place on Tennessee’s staff for former offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke, who were both dismissed by Heupel on Friday according to Brent Hubbs and Austin Price of Volquest.
These moves by Heupel come after he’s made the decision to bring his offensive line coach from UCF, Glen Elarbee, with him to Knoxville. Elarbee has already been busy offering 2021 recruits to come play in the new offense at Tennessee.
Both Chaney and Weinke had one year remaining on their contracts in Knoxville that will now have to be bought out by Tennessee. Receivers coach Tee Martin’s contract runs through the end of the month.
In addition to those moves, former Tennessee defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley has joined the new Los Angeles Chargers staff, while former running backs coach Jay Graham has been hired by Nick Saban at Alabama.
Tennessee announced the firing of full-time assistants Brian Niedermeyer and Shelton Felton when the school announced the firing of Jeremy Pruitt.
At this point, the only Tennessee assistant from last season that has a chance to stay on in 2021 is Joe Osovet.