The Tennessee Volunteers are searching for a new defensive coordinator. Recent reports have linked them to Ohio State LB coach Al Washington.

However, per a report from FootballScoop.com, the highly coveted assistant was expected to remain with the Buckeyes.

That hasn’t stopped the Vols from trying, though. Per the report, the Vols have offered a 3-year deal to Washington worth $1.2-$1.5 million per year:

According to both Southeastern Conference and Big Ten sources, the deal is said to be a three-year offer with a total value between $1.2 and $1.5 million per year, on average.

The Vols are making some progress on the offensive side of the staff under new coach Josh Heupel, but the defense has yet to take shape.

How long will the Vols pursue Washington before moving on? Or, will Washington have a change of heart and head to Rocky Top?

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