Does Peerless Price Want to Coach at Tennessee?

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    Peerless Price is one of the most popular skill position players in Tennessee history. Vol fans lovingly remember Price’s 1998 season in which he caught several deep touchdown passes for the Vols, and his most memorable game came in the first ever BCS National Title Game.

    Price totaled 199 receiving yards and the game-deciding touchdown on just four catches as Tennessee defeated Florida State 23-16 and capped off an undefeated season with the national championship. Price is a Vol legend, totaling 2,298 yards and 19 touchdowns on 147 catches. Price has the fourth-most catches in Tennessee history, fourth-most touchdown catches in program history, and the third-most career receiving yards in school history.

    Price headed to the NFL after the 1998 season and was a second-round pick. He played in the NFL for nine seasons, catching 403 passes for 5,281 yards and 31 touchdowns for three different teams. Since then, Price has stayed around Atlanta and helped raise his family.

    But if you check his Twitter ever since Tennessee decided to part ways with Butch Jones, you may see that Price is getting the itch to coach. Specifically for the Vols.

    On two separate occasions since the Vols fired Butch Jones as head coach, Price has tweeted out his willingness to come back to Tennessee and coach on the team.

    Back on November 13th, Price responded to a tweet towards Lane Kiffin stating that Vol fans would “welcome you back with open arms” by saying he will coach Tennessee’s wide receivers or “do whatever coach needs to be done to get us where we need to go.”

    Then on November 28th, Price again stated he would be willing to come back and coach the Vols after a fan asked him on Twitter if he was “interested or willing” to coach Tennessee.

    Does this mean Price will get his shot at Tennessee? I suppose that depends on if the Vols’ next head coach (whomever that will be) is willing to give him a shot. Price has no coaching experience for a college football team, but he certainly knows what it takes to be a wide receiver.

    Only time will tell if Price ever becomes a college coach. But he at least seems to be interested, especially if it means he can come back and don the orange and white again.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.