KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley can add hiring another defensive assistant to his to-do list between now and spring practice.
The Volunteers lost their seventh assistant coach since the end of the 2011 season on Friday, when Terry Joseph confirmed to a pair of web sites, VolQuest and govols247, that he was accepting an offer to join Nebraska's staff as defensive backs coach. UT's safeties coach and recruiting coordinator did not return a phone call from the Times Free Press. Neither school confirmed the hire as of Friday night.
Joseph's departure leaves Jim Chaney and Darin Hinshaw as the lone two assistants who were with the Vols last season. Chaney enters his fourth year as offensive coordinator, but Hinshaw will move from the quarterbacks to receivers.
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...