Tennessee reportedly focused on hiring a Big Ten defensive assistant
As Josh Heupel continues to round out his new staff at Tennessee, he’s reportedly going back to the Big Ten to fill a defensive assistant position.
Heupel recently hired Penn State co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks to be the new Vols defensive coordinator.
Now Michigan linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary is reportedly set to be hired at Tennessee, according to Chris Balas of Rivals.
Jean-Mary was hired at Michigan in January 2020, and previously was assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at USF from 2017-19. He’s been a long-time Charlie Strong assistant, as he spent the last 10 seasons on Strong’s defensive staffs, first at Louisville (2010-13) as assistant head coach/linebackers coach, then at Texas (2014-16) as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, and finally at USF (2017-19).
Jean-Mary spent six seasons coaching linebackers at Georgia Tech from 2004-09.
This is not his first taste of the SEC.
Jean-Mary spent two seasons under Lou Holtz at South Carolina, where he was a defensive graduate assistant coach (2001-02).
Jean-Mary is a native of Apopka, Florida, and he played linebacker at Appalachian State from 1993-97.
Jean-Mary has recruited several elite linebackers, including Malik Jefferson, Jeffrey McCulloch, Erick Fowler, Anthony Wheeler at Texas, and Morgan Burnett at Georgia Tech.
Along with Banks, Tennessee has hired Rodney Garner and reportedly hired Willie Martinez, two well-known assistants with strong SEC histories.
Tennessee sportsbooks are live in the Volunteer state since November 1, 2020. Tennessee was the first SEC state to legalize sports betting.