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Coaching options for Tennessee in replacing Alex Golesh

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Josh Hupel led Tennessee to 17 regular season wins in two seasons.

Huepel has had one coaching staff change since the 2021 season. Wide receivers coach Cody Burns joined the New Orleans Saints coaching staff in the same capacity.

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Kelsey Pope received a promotion from offensive analyst in 2021.replacing Burns under Heupel.

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According to numerous reports, Tennessee offensive coordinator and tight end coach Alex Golesch will be the new South Florida head coach.

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With Goles leaving for USF, Vols Wire is looking for ideal candidates to replace him.

Huepel could shuffle his field staff to fill the offensive coordinator vacancy, add a specific coach who is not currently in the program, or even promote someone already in Tennessee off the field.

Hupel’s current fielding staff consists of Pope, quarterbacks coach Joey Hulsle, offensive line coach Glen Elarby, and running coach Jerry Mack.

Individuals already on the Tennessee off-field program include offensive support staff Alec Abeln, Cody Cooke, Alex Fagan, Charlie High, Tyler Hudanik, Mitch Militello, Jared Peary, Jack Taylor, Max Thurmond and Aston Walter.

The following are non-Tennessee coaches who are ideal for Heupel.

Kevin Decker

Decker has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Fordham since 2019.

Decker set Heuppel’s attack during Fordham’s downtime during the coronavirus shutdown. In 2022, Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorat leads the FCS in passing yards (4,891). In 2022, the Rams averaged 608.9 yards per game.

“In 2019, we would have studied, but would not have launched” Decker spoke about learning and setting up the Heupel attacks at Fordham. “Then Covid happened and we were still able to do 10 practices in the fall without a season. I said now is the right time to film it and see what it looks like. It’s really different, but the most important thing to stress your guys is not to think too much, run fast and make decisions at full speed, you are always right and run on green grass – that’s it. Our children really liked it, and because it allowed them to play quickly and without thinking.

“We’ve kind of made full blown adjustments and are obviously reaping the benefits this year with some success. I love it, and as a play caller, when you spread the team wide, you really see what their attention is like.”

David Wicks

Wicks came to Fordham after serving as an assistant quarterbacks coach at UCF under Heupel in 2018–19. At UCF under Heupel, Wicks was responsible for assisting with providing information and breaking down opposing and self-scout films, creating opposing and self-scout film cuts, creating weekly post-game packs and charts, a weekly redzone report, and painting. weekly settings. He was hired by Decker and Fordham to set up the Heupel attack for the Rams.

Walt Bell


Bell of Dixon, Tennessee played in Middle Tennessee State from 2003 to 2006.

The Tennessee native began his coaching career in the spring of 2007 as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. He joined the Memphis staff in the fall of 2007 as an alumni assistant, a position he held until 2008 before becoming quality control coach at Oklahoma State (2009).

Bell landed his first coaching position at Southern Miss in 2011, managing wide receivers. The opportunity came after he worked as an assistant at the Golden Eagles in 2010.

He was a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina (2012–2013) and later became an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State from 2014 to 2015. At Arkansas State, Bell was offensive coordinator with current Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarby. Elarbi also worked as a graduate assistant (2003-04) and hard end coach (2005) at Middle Tennessee State when Bell played wide.

Bell became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the Power Five level in Maryland (2016–17) and Florida State (2018), before becoming head coach for UMass (2019–21). He spends his first season as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Indiana.

Joe John Finlay

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Finley was a difficult link for Oklahoma when Hupel was the quarterback coach for the Sooners. Finlay graduated in 2008 and went on to play in the NFL for San Francisco, Detroit and the Carolinas between 2008 and 2012.

After his professional playing career, Finley moved into coaching, starting as offensive line coach at Los Fresnos High School in Texas.

Between 2012 and 2013, he worked as an alumni assistant at the Sooners.

Returning to Los Fresnos for one season in 2014, in 2015 he worked as a quality control coach at Baylor.

Hupel was hired as the Missouri offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2016. He invited Finlay to work under him as the Tigers’ coach. With Finlay on staff, Hupel began to install Baylor’s vir and fire on the attack.

In 2022, Finley will coach in Oklahoma under offensive coordinator and former Heupel assistant Jeff Lebby.

John Cooper

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Cooper played offensive line for Oklahoma from 2005 to 2008, when Huepel served as the quarterback coach for the Sooners.

While Hoipel was the joint offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma from 2010 to 2014, Cooper served as an alumnus assistant from 2013 to 2014. Cooper followed Hoipel to Utah as Alumnus Assistant (2015), Missouri Offensive Analyst (2016-17)

After one season as Arkansas coach in 2020, Cooper worked as offensive line coach in West Carolina. He is now an attack analyst in Oklahoma under attack coordinator and former Heupel aide Jeff Lebby.

Three lambs

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Lamb was hired as head coach by Gardner-Webb in December 2019.

He came to Gardner-Webb from Tennessee Institute of Technology, where he was offensive coordinator from 2018 to 2019. In 2019, Kelsey Pope served as Lamb’s receiver coach at Tennessee Tech.

Lamb hired Pope as the passing game coordinator and receiving coach at Gardner-Webb. Pope left Gardner-Webb when Huepel hired him as an offensive analyst in Tennessee. In 2022, Pope was named receiver coach for Vols.

Lamb was a quarterback coach at Mercer from 2014 to 2017 and in the same position at Tennessee Tech in 2013. He played quarterback at Tennessee Tech from 2008 to 2012 under head coach Watson Brown.

Andrew Souder

Souder is the Kent State Offensive Coordinator. He played and coached at Baylor.

Souder worked as an assistant coach at Baylor from 2009 to 2010. He and Kent State implement similar schemes, as did Tennessee under Hupel, which is due to the Baylor maneuver.

Kent State ranks 42nd in the nation for total yards (5,015) in 2022.

Anthony Tucker

Tucker is in his second season as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Utah State. He coached under Heupel as joint offense coordinator and runners coach in 2020, passing games coordinator and runners coach in 2019 and running coach during the 2018 UCF campaign.

Tucker worked as a running coach in Maryland from 2016 to 2017 under Walt Bell. He also coached running backs and wide receivers at Arkansas State from 2013 to 2015 under Bell and Walls assistant Glen Elarby.

Utah State and Tucker played in Alabama in the first week of this season and introduced the Heupel offensive system plan to succeed against the Crimson Tide.

Joe Shelfo

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Sselfo is in his second season as game coordinator and offensive line coach at Garder Webb under Tre Lamb.

Sselfo had spent the previous two seasons coaching defensemen and centers in Southeast Louisiana.

He played in the states of North Carolina and South Alabama. With the Wolf Pack, Shelfo played then-offensive coordinator and current Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

Zach Kittley


Kittley returned to Texas Tech in 2022 as the Red Raiders offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He previously coached at Texas Tech from 2013 to 2017 under then head coach Cliff Kingsbury. Like Huepel, Kingsbury also played quarterback Mike Leach.

Kittley coached quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Bailey Zappe.

Nick Charlton

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Chartlon is in his first season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UCLA.

He was Maine’s head coach from 2019-21.

Charlton coached alongside Ryan Day from 2012 to 2014 as a Boston College graduate assistant. The current Ohio State head coach was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Charlton.

Charlton’s attack is similar to Day’s in many ways, he attacks the center and has shallow transitions. His offense also includes a physical running game that allows for two tight sets. The offense also has power and running patterns with gaps between zones.

Jeff Lebby

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Lebby is in his first season as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has served in the same position at Ole Miss (2020–21) and UCF (2019) under Heupel. Lebby also served as Heupel’s quarterback coach and passing game coordinator in 2018 with the Knights. Lebby was an assistant at Baylor from 2008 to 2016.

Kendal Briles

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Briles is in his third season as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in Arkansas. He has worked in the same capacity in the State of Florida (2019), Houston…


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