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Tennessee parts ways with assistant coach

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Tennessee and new head football coach Josh Heupel have parted ways with tight end coach Joe Osovet, according to a report from Austin Price of VolQuest.com on Monday night.

UT will be required to pay all of the $250,000 remaining on Osovet’s contract after he received a raise on Feb. 1. Osovet was under contract through Jan. 31, 2022 after being promoted to tight ends coach last offseason. He previously served as a quality control coach prior to his promotion.

Osovet worked closely behind the scenes with Tennessee’s offense during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He then proved himself on the recruiting trail this past season, playing an instrumental role in signing multiple recruits.

Osovet came to Rocky Top following a successful tenure as one of the nation’s top junior college head coaches. He coached 11 NFL players and developed 47 NCAA Division I players as a JUCO head coach at ASA (N.Y.) College and Nassau (N.Y.) Community College, finishing with a combined record of 33-11 with two Northeast Football Conference Coach of the Year awards (2014 and 2017) and the 2014 USA Sports Writer JUCO Coach of the Year honor.

At ASA College (2016-17), Osovet directed an offense that averaged 41.9 points per game, including a stretch during the final two games of the 2016 season where the Avengers averaged 75.0.

Prior to his time at ASA College, Osovet was the head coach and offensive coordinator at Nassau Community College. He was named interim head coach for the final three games of the 2013 season before serving as head coach in 2014 and 2015. In his first full season, Osovet directed Nassau to a 10-0 mark in 2014, earning conference and national coach of the year honors. He guided the Lions to a 6-3 record in 2015 before taking the reins at ASA.

Osovet played two seasons at Nassau Community College (1991-92) before concluding his playing career at Northeastern (1993). He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Empire State (N.Y.) College in 1995.

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