Chip Lindsey has ties with UT beyond Pruitt

Chip Lindsey has ties with UT beyond Pruitt

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Chip Lindsey has ties with UT beyond Pruitt

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee’s coaching search reaches day No. 3 to fill the vacancy offensive coordinator Tyson Helton leaves behind as he takes over as Western Kentucky’s head coach.

As mentioned on the first day of the coaching search, candidates that had interest in Tennessee, or Jeremy Pruitt was open to ideas of bringing certain people in, remain intact.

Vols Wire reported on the search’s first day that Gus Malzahn would like to keep Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey on staff.

On the search’s second day, Vols Wire learned that Lindsey is very interested in the Tennessee job, but wants to see what transpires at Auburn.

It appears if Malzahn will stay on as head coach at Auburn for the 2019 season, he will give up some of his power.

Lindsey’s contract includes a $100,000 retention bonus following a completion of each regular season, which includes the date of the SEC championship game date. That date falls on this Saturday.

Sources have told Vols Wire on the third day of the coaching search, that if Lindsey remains on Auburn’s staff in 2019, that he “would be nothing more than an assistant with an offensive coordinator title.”

Lindsey has a decision to make in whether or not he wants to remain at Auburn or explore an option that includes taking a position on Tennessee’s staff, a job that Vols Wire has been told that he has interest in.

Lindsey’s Auburn contract that was written on Jan. 20, 2017, reads the following:

That all notices, claims, requests, demands and other communications under the Agreement shall be made in writing and shall be deemed given hand-delivered, emailed, or overnight mailed, either effective upon receipt as follows to:

George R. Lindsey, with a copy to Clint Dowdle of CAA Sports, to Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs and also with a copy to President Dr. G. Jay Gogue and Genral Counsel Lee F. Armstrong.

Dowdle has a Tennessee background, with a Masters in Sports Management from UT (2005-07) and serving as UT’s Assistant Director of Football Operations (May 2006-Jan. 2009).

Dowdle has been with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) since June 2016.

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