UT receivers coach Wilson offered position at LSU

Tennessee receivers coach Frank Wilson has been offered a position on LSU’s coaching staff according to a source close to the hiring process.

Wilson would replace a position vacated by Larry Porter, who coached running backs and special teams at LSU before accepting the head coaching position at Memphis last Sunday.

It is unclear what Wilson’s LSU responsibilities would be if he accepted the job.

UT’s coaches come off the road recruiting Friday to hold their first bowl practice.

Wilson and UT coach Lane Kiffin are expected to meet sometime Friday to discuss Wilson’s options.

Kiffin has said numerous times that he expects other schools to try to hire away his assistants because of their strong resumes.

Wilson’s recruiting prowess would be a valuable addition for LSU.

The 36-year-old New Orleans native coached in Louisiana for eight years in high school and college.

He continued to recruit the area while coaching at Ole Miss from 2005-07 and Southern Miss in 2008.

Wilson was the director of athletics for the New Orleans Public School System and is still well respected in the city for his coaching and leadership following Hurricane Katrina.

LSU could almost assuredly offer Wilson more money than he’s currently making at UT.

Wilson is slated to make $150,000 this year, the second lowest on the staff.

Wilson, who also recruits in Mississippi, has secured a commitment for 2010 from defensive lineman Ken Adams from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., and one of the top 2011 prospects in Louisiana: defensive lineman Anthony Johnson from O. Perry Walker High School, who is related to Wilson.

Wilson, who works closely with UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, has played a part in other commitments as well.

UT’s receivers — along with the rest of its offense — struggled early to make plays this season.

Injuries were certainly a factor as a handful of Vol wideouts missed time due to various ailments.

However, the receivers continued to improve and garnered recent praise from Kiffin — especially starters Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore.

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ncvol17 writes:

say it aint so... coach

SEAL_9821 writes:

Doesn't surprise me. This is the first of many to come in the next couple of years. As long as Coach O', Chaney, and Monte stay for a while...we'll be fine. Lane will make a positive hire when it's all said and done.

HallowedHill writes:

Your work here has just begun.

lomas98 writes:

This is bound to happen with a staff like we have and is normal nowadays. The days of Fulmer's old staff are gone. Hope he sticks around because I didn't expect changes after just one year. With all the receivers we have committed, hope their receiver coach possibly leaving doesn't hurt.

OHVOLFAN writes:

He was just offered..ya'll sound like he already left.What makes LSU such a better job that makes ya'll think he will leave?

atlvolunteer writes:

ahhh bad for recruiting. i really hope he stays, but its a long shot with him being from louisiana and possibly a bigger salary. however, he is close to ceo, and this has got to be an exciting staff to be a part of, while it appears lsu is in decline. hope he stays, but if not, any chance of trooper returning?

BluezVol writes:

in response to OHVOLFAN:

He was just offered..ya'll sound like he already left.What makes LSU such a better job that makes ya'll think he will leave?

I may be wrong but I think he's from Louisanna.

all_vols writes:

in response to OHVOLFAN:

He was just offered..ya'll sound like he already left.What makes LSU such a better job that makes ya'll think he will leave?

the almighty dollar, my friend.

ncvol17 writes:

in response to OHVOLFAN:

He was just offered..ya'll sound like he already left.What makes LSU such a better job that makes ya'll think he will leave?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ & more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to Ellison_Vol:

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Hey, the village idiot/racist is back with another new name.

6MillionDollarPumpkin writes:

I say it is a bad move on his part if he goes. Yes, he may make more money but he may be looking for another job next year once Miles is canned.

InertGas writes:

Next

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Larry Porter was making $316,500 at LSU. If Coach Wilson is being offered by LSU to replace Porter, then it might be in the 300 grand range. I could be wrong, but I think that he is one of our assistants making around 150 grand. Somebody probably has the numbers; I don't. If I recall correctly, about four of our assistants are in the buck-fifty range.

GahLee writes:

He is as good as gone, knows the area well, from near there, and he would get a raise.

lomas98 writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Pretty crazy LSU fans want Miles canned after winning the NC just 2 years ago. I bet if you took a poll of fans after their coach has been around for 4 years or longer, you would get 75% who want their coach gone. Everybody loves to just say fire the coach.

GahLee writes:

150,000 raise, going back to where your from, and let's face it, at the moment they are a better program than we are.

We may lose some recruits if he leaves especially Johnson, the recruit from the 2011 class. They are cousins.

GahLee writes:

in response to lomas98:

Pretty crazy LSU fans want Miles canned after winning the NC just 2 years ago. I bet if you took a poll of fans after their coach has been around for 4 years or longer, you would get 75% who want their coach gone. Everybody loves to just say fire the coach.

Miles is a joke, he won that title much like Tubby Smith won his at Kentucky, the leftover talent. Period.

the man is a hack and will be trying to find a job sooner than later.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

LK 2M, MK 1.2M, EO 650K, J Chaney 380K, L Thompson 350K, E Gran 185K, J Cregg 150K, D Reaves 150K, F Wilson 150K, W M Garza 110K.

golfin_blondie writes:

You know if he does leave the Vols for LSU it will be a tough loss for us but I cannot blame him if the money is good and he has family there. I know if it were me I would consider it. Just remember if one door closes another always opens and I think Kiffin will find a quality replacement.

BhamVol writes:

in response to atlvolunteer:

ahhh bad for recruiting. i really hope he stays, but its a long shot with him being from louisiana and possibly a bigger salary. however, he is close to ceo, and this has got to be an exciting staff to be a part of, while it appears lsu is in decline. hope he stays, but if not, any chance of trooper returning?

Why would we want Trooper back? He is nothing but a distraction and an ego that has to be petted every other day. We don't need anyone with ties to Fulmer coming back.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Looking at UT and LSU, I see a program on the rise and a program that falling. Much like Phil Fulmer, Miles has recruited fairly well, but his teams have underachieved. That LSU team is far more talented than Ole Miss, and that game should never have been close. The guy got out coached. Personally, I still don't understand how LSU could win a NC with 2 losses.

If he will make more money, he has to take the job. Any ambitious person would do it. But, based on which team is on the way up versus which is on the way down, I'm rolling with Kiffin. Miles will be in Michigan within the next 2 years.

vol_chaz writes:

It would be hard for him to turn down if they double his salary. But, IMO, The Les Miles ship is sinking...not sure he would want to be apart of that..

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

Part o' the game. Sucks to have him gone, but with this staff, I come to expect it. Gotta get ready for the next one now.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to BhamVol:

Why would we want Trooper back? He is nothing but a distraction and an ego that has to be petted every other day. We don't need anyone with ties to Fulmer coming back.

Because he is a winner, while you my friend must be a loser. He recruited well and Phil's team lost its swagger the day he was allowed to leave.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to bobbytodd:

Because he is a winner, while you my friend must be a loser. He recruited well and Phil's team lost its swagger the day he was allowed to leave.

BTW, He won't be coming back because he is trying to become a head coach so going back to a wide receivers coach isn't a possibility.

SmokeyHound writes:

stay!!!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to golfin_blondie:

You know if he does leave the Vols for LSU it will be a tough loss for us but I cannot blame him if the money is good and he has family there. I know if it were me I would consider it. Just remember if one door closes another always opens and I think Kiffin will find a quality replacement.

At LSU, Porter was Assistant Head Coach, RB Coach, and Chief Recruiter(whatever that is) making twice what Wilson is now making at UT as a receiver coach. So it looks like a promotion with double the money. He successfully recruited and coached RBs at Ole Miss and has now been mentored as a WR coach by Lane Kiffin. I can see why LSU would offer Wilson to replace Porter. But I don't see why Tennessee would match the offer. Coach Orgeron is also native to Louisiana and very familiar with the areas familiar to Wilson. Like you, I expect HC Kiffin will hire a top WR coach if Wilson does decides to leave.

MikeInTN writes:

in response to Ellison_Vol:

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Does being an a**hole come naturally to you, or did you have to work at it!!

rudy123 writes:

in response to OHVOLFAN:

He was just offered..ya'll sound like he already left.What makes LSU such a better job that makes ya'll think he will leave?

Wilson's wife is from Louisana and you know what kind of influence a wife can have in a decision like this. Also, Kiffin needs to get Hamilton to
match the offer from LSU.
I don't believe he will leave though and here is why. (1) Hamiliton will match the LSU offer.
(2) Even my 2nd grader knows that Miles is living on borrowed time. Why would Frank go to LSU and know that it will only be for a year, when the entire staff is changed, after Miles is fired. He is smarter than that!!!! I doudt he goes!!!
(3) He is super loyal to Coach "O" and Coach "O" won't let him make a mistake.

rudy123 writes:

in response to bobbytodd:

BTW, He won't be coming back because he is trying to become a head coach so going back to a wide receivers coach isn't a possibility.

What good will it do for him to go to LSU and then the entire staff be fired next year? If he thinks this thru, then he will stay here. I think Coach "O" will convince him to stay.

wheatbarley writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Witch Doctor correct. Best managers hire smartest people. People move up, resume looks good. Best managers hire more smart people. Make manager look GOOD. Best of luck to bones for holidays.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to vols__72:

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Frank Wilson and Trooper Taylor are two very different people. Troop did a good job for us at Tennessee; he was probably more of a difference maker than Wilson so far. But I would not be surprised if Wilson goes further in the long run. I do not discount either one, but neither do I think that either one is worth 300 grand to us right now.

tennezz writes:

in response to BhamVol:

Why would we want Trooper back? He is nothing but a distraction and an ego that has to be petted every other day. We don't need anyone with ties to Fulmer coming back.

Every position he coached at Tenn. improved...Receivers and running backs, and recruits love his energy and enthusiasm!

shopsports#273141 writes:

This is as much about LSU trying to damage up and coming TN as it is about helping themselves.

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to Ellison_Vol:

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i bet you bashed cromptom as well. shows you dont know your a** from a fish!

OHVOLFAN writes:

Well i posted before the article gave all the details..knowing he is from there and more money makes it clear. But i would keep a lower paying job to wear BIG ORANGE over purple!!!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to bobbytodd:

BTW, He won't be coming back because he is trying to become a head coach so going back to a wide receivers coach isn't a possibility.

Well, Troop went from co-offensive coordinator at Oki State to RB coach at the barn...a long way from HC. If I recall correctly, he is making 320K now, a lot of money. I would be interested to see how he proved out as an OC someplace. Without that, I doubt that an AD would take the risk of hiring him as Head Coach.

dvhill100 writes:

Good assistants/coaches will always be recruited by other schools. It is a tribute to our staff when they are sought after. Compensation is certainly the primary consideration, but not the only one. I hope he stays as I was impressed by the improvement with our receivers. If he does go, I wish him the best. LK will find another great assistant.

johnnievol writes:

Go big orange

springtx_vol writes:

The question that CLK has to answer is, "Can we find a replacement receiver coach for less than $300-350k?"

If yes, and they are the same quality as Wilson, UT will let him go. If no, they will fight to keep him by matching the LSU offer and give him a second title.

IMO, between Lane, Monte, and Ed, they have contacts with half the coaches in America, so a replacement should not be difficult to find. Has anyone heard anything about the ex-Syracuse coach that was a grad assistant? Maybe he could replace Wilson.

Orangeblood13 writes:

would say he stays, likes what he has here

AllforTenn writes:

in response to Ellison_Vol:

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Why don't you grow up and get over your racism?
Your asinine posts are boring as well as ignorant.

ClassicVol (Inactive) writes:

Pay the man!

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

The question that CLK has to answer is, "Can we find a replacement receiver coach for less than $300-350k?"

If yes, and they are the same quality as Wilson, UT will let him go. If no, they will fight to keep him by matching the LSU offer and give him a second title.

IMO, between Lane, Monte, and Ed, they have contacts with half the coaches in America, so a replacement should not be difficult to find. Has anyone heard anything about the ex-Syracuse coach that was a grad assistant? Maybe he could replace Wilson.

I haven't heard about the ex-coach now grad assistant since he came onboard. But the coach or combination of coaches working with our offensive line have done an outstanding job. I can remember so many years when our O-line was loaded deep with big name recruits that did not open holes for our backs or protect the passing game very well. This year's patchwork line had only a few big name recruits and only a few disappointing performances. I know that Kiff went from man to zone blocking and brought in James Cregg for tackles and tight ends. Beyond that, it is somewhat a mystery to me who is responsible for the O-line coaching. I suspect that the Syracuse grad assistant was in on it and probably Chaney, but Cregg surely deserves a lot of credit.

TommyJack writes:

We have Mitch Browning (grad.asst.) waiting in the wings. VERY qualified.

rockytop#413695 writes:

in response to ThePhantom_96_06_08:

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And most wise interloper, what exactly does that tells us? Only the fact that Lane has assembled an elite staff that will always be looking to further their career, as any assistant coach worth his salt would. Unlike our previous staff, where other than Cutcliff, there was little interest from other programs. The fact that other schools are interested in members of our staff shows what a great job Lane did in hiring. Gran didn't get the Memphis job (which is good for him), but he did get the interest.

Now go find something else to play with. Maybe you should help Urbie find a replacement for Strong. Man, it sure did take him a long time to get a promotion!

Flyfisherman writes:

I would rather have assistant coaches that are in demand rather than having ones that nobody wants...Says a lot for the level of coaches that are working with our program.

justincredible369#357762 writes:

Come on Kiffy we need to keep this guy for now! I'm proud to be riding this Lane train back to football dominance Go Vols!!!!!!!!!!!

gnm53108 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

We have Mitch Browning (grad.asst.) waiting in the wings. VERY qualified.

True.

We also need to clear a spot for Wes Brown.Lane mentioned that he would like to help him if he wanted to take that path.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

This would be a step up only in pay. What does LSU have that we don't have...oh well. Good luck wherever you coach! Go Vols!

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