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Tennessee parts ways with two offensive coaches

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New Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel has parted ways with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke, according to a report from Austin Price of

Chaney and Weinke were in the final year of their contracts, meaning Tennessee will owe them the remaining of their deal. UT will pay Chaney $142,000 until next February unless he takes another job. It’ll pay Weinke $412,500 between now and next January.

Long considered one of the nation’s top offensive minds, Chaney’s two seasons on Rocky Top under Jeremy Pruitt didn’t go according to plan. UT’s offense was the second-worst in the SEC in 2019, Chaney’s first year in Knoxville. This past season, it was the third-worst.

Weinke’s time as Tennessee’s quarterbacks coach wasn’t successful either. His position didn’t show any progression during his three years in Knoxville, mainly with Jarrett Guarantano as his quarterback. He worked as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2017, was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams for two seasons and spent five years as the program director at IMG Academy prior to his time on Rocky Top.

Following the firing of Jeremy Pruitt and Phillip Fulmer last Monday, Tennessee chancellor Donde Plowman and system president Randy Boyd announced five days later the hiring of UCF’s Danny White to be UT’s next director of athletics.

White announced the hiring of UCF’s Josh Heupel to be the next head football coach of the Vols on Wednesday afternoon. Heupel is the 27th head coach in the history of Tennessee’s football program.

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5 Responses

  1. Another Rocky road on Rocky Top!!!! Tennessee always hires and retains lovers. Enough said.

  2. Tennessee girls failure to stand for the flag represents their IQ’s – The flag stands for freedom – I don’ t think we will return to the top until we hire atheletes who care for our nation and have morality standards – Dummies won’t work even if they are good atheletes.

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