Candidates that could fill vacancy on Pruitt's staff

Candidates that could fill vacancy on Pruitt's staff

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Candidates that could fill vacancy on Pruitt's staff

KNOXVILLE — Jeremy Pruitt is in the initial stages of a coaching search to fill Tyson Helton’s vacancy. Helton departed UT to become Western Kentucky’s head coach two days after the regular season finale.

Now questions center around if Pruitt will hire a coach that is not currently in Tennessee’s program to become offensive coordinator, or if someone will receive a promotion that is already at UT.

Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze is out of the picture now to become Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and there are a handful of other candidates that could fill Helton’s vacancy while being a good fit.

Dan Enos is one option. Enos is in his first season at Alabama as associate head coach and quarterbacks coach under Nick Saban. Enos replaced Butch Jones as Central Michigan’s head coach from 2010-14.

John Lilly is also another viable option in hiring within. Lilly served as assistant to Pruitt in 2018 and the two worked together at Georgia from 2014-15. Current UT offensive line coach and former Colorado State offensive coordinator Will Friend would be another option of hiring within if Friend desired a promotion.

Former Florida head coach and current Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain shares similar philosophies with Pruitt, unlike Freeze. McElwain and Pruitt worked together at Alabama from 2008-11.

Colquitt County High School head coach Rush Propst is also in the mix if Pruitt wants to reunite. The two coached together at Hoover High School from 2004-06. Propst is adamant in finishing his season at Colquitt County before taking any other job.

Current Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey has 20 years of experience coaching at the high school and college level. Lindsey spent the 2007 season coaching at Hoover High School under Propst and would be a good fit at Tennessee.

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