KNOXVILLE — Houston offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kendal Briles is set to interview with Tennessee.
Vols Wire discussed Briles with someone that worked with the 36-year old coach at Baylor.
Due to the nature of the fallout of Baylor’s program under Art Briles, Kendal’s father and head coach of the Bears from 2008-15, the individual asked to remain anonymous.
They also discussed current Houston run game coordinator and offensive line coach Randy Clements with Vols Wire.
Clements served as Baylor’s run game coordinator and offensive line coach from 2012-16 and co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from 2008-11 when Briles served as the Bears’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (2015-16), passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach (2012-14) and inside wide receivers coach and offensive run game game coordinator (2008-11).
“It would be a great hire in both of those guys,” they said. “Randy Clements is the best offensive line coach I have ever been around. Kendal is obviously bright and I think both would be very good hires for Tennessee.
“They are both doing pretty well at Houston and I hope that works out if Tennessee is where they want to go. Their relationship is pretty strong. I don’t know if Briles would demand for Clements to go with him to Tennessee.”
Tight end Gus Penning played for Briles and Clements at Baylor (2013-15) and discussed his former coaches with Vols Wire.
“If you want to score a lot of points and win a lot of games he is your guy,” Penning said of Briles interviewing at Tennessee.
Penning also discussed Briles’ bond coaching alongside Clements.
“Both guys really care about the guys on the team,” Penning said. “They bring almost a high school coach mentality in terms of treating the players like a family, but from an X’s and O’s standpoint they have been able to develop offenses that produce as well as anyone in the country.”
Penning also detailed Briles’ offense that caters towards the use of tight ends.
“With tight ends, Coach Briles will get the ball into the hands of the best athletes on the team,” he said. “Tight ends are very important to block in his offense, but he wouldn’t be afraid to pass the ball to the right kind of athlete either.”