Tennessee parting ways with assistant coach, promotes within

Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones reacts to his team scoring a touchdown against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee is reportedly making a staff change on offense.

Offensive line coach Don Mahoney is reportedly out with quality control coach Walt Wells taking his place, the school announced Tuesday, along with confirming the hire of defensive assistant Brady Hoke.

“I would like to thank Coach Jones for giving me this opportunity,” Wells said. “I’m looking forward to getting to work with our offensive staff and our group of offensive linemen as we continue to develop in the spring. We have a solid nucleus of players returning and a group of young players eager to learn and make an impact this season.”

Wells worked with the offense and offensive line this fall, particularly focusing on LT Drew Richmond. He has more than 20 years of coaching experience, including a 10-year stint as offensive line coach at Western Kentucky (2003-12).

“Coach Wells did a great job last season serving as a quality control coach on the offensive side of the ball and we are looking forward to him taking over the offensive line,” Jones said. “He has extensive experience as an offensive line coach and will do a great job with our players.”

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  • Nothin like in-house hires to perpetuate in-house incompetence, well done,Butch–working hard for that buyout

  • Great picture. Big mouth wide open, spewing a load of BS trying to fool Vol Nation. If the program is in such great shape why make all these changes. Beacase of Big Mouth’s fragile ego and paranoid nature of everyone on his staff. Claims to know “everything about everything” Neyland stadium is a perfect example. Bobby Campbell had it in perfect shape and immaculate condition when he retired. Butch has ruined it !!!!!!!!
    “Fool me once……………………