Report: Tennessee OC Mike DeBord leaving the program
According to a report from Austin Price of Rivals.com, Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will be leaving the program.
Reportedly, DeBord will head back to his home state of Indiana — in order to become the offensive coordinator for the Hoosiers.
UT ranked No. 40 this past year in total offense, accruing 443.7 yards per contest. Tennessee scored more points than any team in the school’s 120-year history. QB Joshua Dobbs also recorded the second-most individual yards in school history.
DeBord has been a longtime mentor to Butch Jones. Jones first worked under DeBord at Central Michigan in the early 2000’s.
The 60-year-old assistant coach has been in Knoxville the past two seasons. In terms of a replacement, former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is rumored to be an option for the vacancy.
Helfrich interestingly enough was at a Tennessee practice during bowl preparations for the Music City Bowl versus Nebraska. Over the course of Helfrich’s career, he’s been exclusively on the west coast (Boise State, Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon).
He’s also been a quarterback’s coach at every stop. This is particularly significant — especially with Tennessee breaking in a new quarterback in 2017.
The high-octane, uptempo scheme could fit very well with the preexisting skill talent on the Vols’ current roster.