Tennessee officially announces Tim Banks as defensive coordinator; Josh Heupel issues statement
The Tennessee Volunteers finally found their new defensive coordinator on Monday, hiring Tim Banks away from Penn State.
Banks has plenty of experience as a coordinator, spending the past 5 seasons at Penn State. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator at Illinois from 2012-15.
The Vols officially announced the hiring via Twitter on Monday evening:
“Tim brings great energy, passion and experience to the Tennessee football family,” head coach Josh Heupel said in a press release. “His defenses are known for their aggressive style, as well as their multiple coverages and fronts. He’s coached in big games and has a proven track record of success on the field and in recruiting. I know our student-athletes are going to enjoy playing for him. We are fortunate to have someone with Tim’s experience and caliber leading our defense.”
How will Banks’ defense fare on Rocky Top? He’ll have his work cut out for him, as Heupel’s offenses often finish at the bottom of the league in time of possession.
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