Loyalty prevailing in UT's coaching search

Loyalty prevailing in UT's coaching search

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Loyalty prevailing in UT's coaching search

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee coaching search has reached day four and loyalty is being shown within the process.

Current Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is in a strong position to fill Tyson Helton’s vacancy that he leaves behind after departing to become Western Kentucky’s head coach.

Birmingham-based Nick Taylor has discussed the Tennessee coaching search with Vols Wire saying that Lindsey “is very interested in the job.”

Taylor discussed the search again as the week nears a date in which Lindsey is set to receive $100,000 in a retention bonus Saturday.

Vols Wire also discussed former Ole Miss head coach and current Arizona Hotshots offensive coordinator Hugh Freeze with Hotshots’ quarterbacks coach Steve Axman.

Axman says that “he hopes” Freeze stays at Arizona.

Sources told Vols Wire on the first day of the search that “Pruitt could be open to the idea of bringing in Freeze”, but they “are not exactly sure which direction he (Pruitt) may go in.”

On the second day of the search, Taylor said Lindsey “is very interested in the Tennessee job, but wants to see what transpires at Auburn.”

Now after learning Lindsey’s representation having Tennessee ties in Clint Dowdle, where does Lindsey stand within the search as Saturday’s date nears regarding the Auburn offensive coordinator’s contract?

Taylor tells Vols Wire that Colquitt High School head coach and former Hoover High School head coach Rush Propst’s loyalty is playing a factor in UT’s search since the timing may not be right for Propst to join UT’s staff with the Early Signing Period between Dec. 19-21.

“Propst is helping Lindsey get the job more than anything else if he is not in position of coming on board to Tennessee’s staff since he is focused on finishing his season,” Taylor said. “Propst has always been loyal to his former assistants.”

Propst plays in a Georgia state high school semifinal game this week and if Colquitt County wins then they will play in a state championship game. A win in the state championship game would extend Propst’s season with Colquitt County playing a national game on Dec. 22 against St. Thomas Aquinas.

Taylor also discussed Freeze and the UT search if Lindsey were to stay at Auburn with everything going on with Gus Malzahn and the Auburn administration and his contract.

“If Pruitt cannot get Lindsey away from Auburn for some reason and then can clear Freeze, then it’s worth bringing Freeze in,” Taylor said. “At the same time there will be upset people with Greg Sankey for not clearing him sooner.”

 

 

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