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Breaking Down the Latest Names in Vols’ OC Search

Jeff Lebby

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Track Record:

Baylor (WRs) — 2012
Baylor (RBs) — 2013-16
Southeastern University (OC) — 2017
UCF (QBs) – 2018-present

Pros: If you’re looking for an up-and-coming name in the college world in the assistant ranks, Jeff Lebby is a name you’ve probably heard. After working for Baylor and having a lot of success as their running backs coach and serving in a variety of other roles there, he was let go after the multiple scandals and sexual assault allegations levied against the university. While it appears Lebby has no ties to what happened at Baylor, he couldn’t find a job at the FBS level the following year and ended up taking the offensive coordinator position at Southeastern University in the NAIA ranks. His offense there was explosive and ranked 1st among NAIA schools in points per game. After that, he was hired as UCF’s quarterbacks coach and helped the Golden Knights have a great deal of success on offense this season.

Cons: Aside from his time calling plays for Southeastern, Lebby has never called plays before. He had success at that level, but the NAIA is several steps down from the SEC. Not only that, but there’s still the issue of everything that happened at Baylor. Lebby is the son-in-law of disgraced former Baylor head coach Art Briles, and while Lebby hasn’t been tied to anything specifically that happened at Baylor, that’s still a conversation that needs to be had.

Analysis: All in all, it may be too soon for Lebby to be tabbed to be the play caller at a Power Five school just yet. Pruitt spoke with him earlier in the search, and his name has since re-emerged. Once again, just like with the other names on this list, Lebby hasn’t been offered anything in regards to UT’s OC position.

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