Tennessee has reportedly made the move that had been rumored since last week and named current FIU receivers coach Kevin Beard as the team’s new receivers coach.
While Beard had been attached to Tennessee’s search for a new receivers coach, Volquest and Peter Ariz of Canes Insight are both now reporting that the hire has been made.
BREAKING: Tennessee has hired Kevin Beard as their new receivers coach. Also added former Jags asst Tony Sorrentino as the offensive QC. pic.twitter.com/J4FhPjoTRd
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) February 28, 2017
Source tells CanesInSight that FIU WR Coach & former UM assistant Kevin Beard is set to be Tennessee's WR coach. Should become official soon
— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) February 28, 2017
The move would be the latest suggestion that head coach Butch Jones is in fact loosing his grip on the Tennessee offense to new offensive coordinator Larry Scott. Beard and Scott worked together at Miami from 2014-2015, and both have high school coaching ties to the south Florida area. His final season at Miami, when Scott took over as the interim head coach down in 2015, Beard was passing game coordinator and receivers coach with the team. The familiarity between the two should only help Tennessee’s transition to Scott’s promotion to OC.
Beard is a 2003 graduate of Miami, where he was a team captain with the program his final season on campus. Beard also helped the Hurricanes win a national championship in 2011. Beard does have some SEC experience, as he served as an offensive assistant on Kirby Smart’s Georgia coaching staff last season.
Some of the elite prospects Beard helped develop at the high school level include Amari Cooper (Alabama), Travis Rudolph (Florida State), Ermon Lane (Florida State), Macgarrett Kings (Michigan State) and Jordan Cunningham (Vanderbilt).