Tennessee's search for three more offensive assistants will continue today with two more coaches in Knoxville for interviews.
Former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and former Michigan quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler spent Tuesday night in Knoxville and will interview with Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, sources told the News Sentinel.
Neither was retained by new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez following former coach Lloyd Carr's retirement.
DeBord, 51, has been Michigan’s offensive coordinator and tight ends coach on two separate occasions from 1997-99 and 2006-07.
In between those stints, he was head coach at Central Michigan for four seasons beginning in 2000, before returning to the Wolverines as special teams coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004 and 2005. DeBord also coached Michigan’s offensive line from 1992-96.
DeBord was Michigan’s offensive coordinator when the Wolverines won 1997 national championship, working with current NFL quarterbacks Brian Greise and Tom Brady.
Loeffler, 33, has been quarterbacks coach at Michigan for the past six seasons. He spoke with Fulmer during the Vols' preparations for the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
An Ohio native, Loeffler spent two seasons with DeBord at Central Michigan before returning to his alma mater in 2002, where he helped develop All-Big Ten passers Chad Henne and John Navarre.
He was Todd Collins’ backup quarterback at Michigan in 1995, but his career was cut short by a shoulder injury. He became a student assistant coach from 1996-97 and a graduate assistant from 1998-99.
Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton will likely coach running backs, taking over for Kurt Roper who officially left UT last Wednesday to become David Cutcliffe’s offensive coordinator at Duke.
In addition to finding a replacement for Cutcliffe as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Tennessee must also hire two more assistants to replace wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor and tight ends coach Matt Luke.
Taylor is now co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, and Luke is Duke’s offensive line coach and running game coordinator.
Mike Griffith contributed to this report.