Yurcich and UT: 'I don’t know why you would go to the MAC when you can go to Tennessee'

Yurcich and UT: 'I don’t know why you would go to the MAC when you can go to Tennessee'

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Yurcich and UT: 'I don’t know why you would go to the MAC when you can go to Tennessee'

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s coaching search is in its fifteenth day to replace offensive coordinator Tyson Helton who became Western Kentucky’s head coach.

As of last Wednesday, Vols Wire learned that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is a candidate in UT’s search.

Two sources told Vols Wire Wednesday night that Yurcich is loyal to Mike Gundy, however money could finally be of interest for his family. Yurcich has held his position since 2013 after coming from Shippensburg.

Both sources said that Yurcich has a desire in becoming a head coach at a MAC school. One source discussed Yurcich and the Tennessee job at the Cowboys’ basketball game last Wednesday night at Tulsa, saying there is also a level of excitement from Yurcich to coach Texas 2017-18 Gatorade State Player of the Year quarterback Spencer Sanders next season in Stillwater.

Vols Wire learned Sunday night that Yurcich could be in-line for Akron’s head coaching position.

On Monday morning, Vols Wire discussed Yurcich with an Akron insider.

“I am sure they have probably reached out to him, but I do not know if they have the money to pay him,” the Akron insider told Vols Wire.

Yurcich is currently the 40th highest-paid FBS assistant coach, making $800,000.

Helton was No. 12 among FBS assistants last season as UT’s offensive coordinator, making $1,205,000.

The Akron insider told Vols Wire Monday morning that schools not offering enough money towards Yurcich “has been consistent with other MAC head coaching jobs with him in the last few years”

They went on to say that “his name always comes up, but then you get down to money he stays where he is at.”

Regarding Yurcich and Tennessee, the Akron insider says “I don’t know why you would go to the MAC when you can go to Tennessee.”

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