Vols name Kippy Brown wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator

Kiffin calls hire of 13-year NFL assistant ‘a grand slam' for UT

ATLANTA — Lane Kiffin stayed tight-lipped in the afternoon.

But when the Tennessee coach officially had a deal in place to fill the first vacancy on his staff, he had plenty to talk about.

The Vols are bringing Kippy Brown back for a third tour of duty, and Kiffin could hardly be happier about bringing the former UT and NFL coaching veteran to take over the wide receivers and become passing-game coordinator.

“This is a great day for Tennessee football,” Kiffin said in a UT release Thursday evening. “When hiring assistant coaches you sometimes feel like you hit a home run. By bringing Kippy back to the Tennessee family, I feel like we hit a grand slam.

“Having known Kippy since 1990, I never imagined being able to add him to our staff, but we always start our searches at the top.”

Kiffin has made clear all along he wouldn’t be rushed into any decisions during the search, but with mutual interest from a target at the top of the list, he didn’t have to wait long to bring in a replacement for Frank Wilson.

Less than two weeks after losing Wilson to LSU, the Vols got their guy — again — and Brown will be back with them today as they resume preparation for the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia Tech on New Year’s Eve (TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).

“Well, there probably will be a decision soon,” Brown, a native of Sweetwater, told the News Sentinel earlier Thursday. “Right now we’re still working through some things, I’ve got to still work through some things. We’ve just got to make sure it’s comfortable and everything is right when you’re moving your family and all those things.

“We’re getting close — real, real close.”

Kiffin apparently hasn’t closed the gap nearly as much as he looks for a running backs coach to replace Eddie Gran, who was hired by Florida State, but the wheels are in motion.

It might help UT narrow its focus now it has the first hiring out of the way.

“I’ve made a lot of progress,” Kiffin said after his Chick-fil-A Bowl luncheon. “Out of respect to them and their NFL teams or college teams, I’m not going to get into names.

“I’ve made some progress, I still don’t know the timeline, and I’ll never have a timeline for you. It will always be finding the best guys we can find.”

It wound up with one in Brown, a respected coaching mind with a proven track record with receivers — both at UT and in the NFL.

A 13-year veteran in the NFL, he also worked two stints for the Vols between 1983-89 and again in 1993-94 under Phillip Fulmer. He was most recently an assistant with the Detroit Lions in 2008, and he also spent a season working with UT defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin when the two were both with the New York Jets in 1990.

The pro ties might ultimately have made him more appealing to the third coach he’ll work with at UT, but the familiarity with the school likely helped sell Brown on a return. Brown was in the mix a year ago when Kiffin was forming his first staff at UT.

“Six of our nine coaches have now come here from NFL teams,” Kiffin said. “Not only is he one of the best wide receiver coaches in the college or NFL ranks, he has a great connection to the Tennessee family and was an unbelievable recruiter in his two previous coaching stints here under coach (Johnny) Majors and coach Fulmer.”

Kiffin can now add his name to that list, and the timing of the move couldn’t be better.

But there’s still one more hole left to fill.

“When we talk about having the best staff in America that recruits well, you’d better have it,” Kiffin said. “We’ll take our time to make sure that we do.”

Once they find him though, the Vols proved they won’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

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cmoore7 writes:

Carl Pickens approves of this hire.

IdahoVol writes:

Glad to see a coach with ties to UT come on board. I remember Brown being a very good coach and a class act.

TrueVolFan writes:

Awesome hire Coach Kiff! Can't wait to see what you do next for a RB Coach.

Thad123 writes:

During his first stint with the Vols from 1983-89, Brown helped Tennessee acquire the nickname “Wide Receiver U.,” coaching numerous pass catchers to greatness. Receivers Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens all benefited from Brown’s tutelage prior to their joining the professional ranks. He also coached Andre Johnson from the Texans nice hire
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vet4ut writes:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

BhamVol writes:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

rootin4volz writes:

SWEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTT!!!!!!! Attaboy Coach Kiffin!!!! And WELCOME BACK HOME Coach Brown!!!

VolInIndy writes:

That ought to perk up the WR recruits ears and take the question marks out of losing Wilson and replace them with explanation marks.

chrisw2967 writes:

Wide reciever U is on its way back to UT,welcome home Kippy.Now lets see if Kippy can get some of these committed players at other schools to de-commit and come to tn.great hire LK

kkempf#226833 writes:

in response to BhamVol:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

Andre Johnson.

ctownvol writes:

in response to BhamVol:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

He's been coaching Calvin Johnson. That dude is a stud. Brown is a great hire on many levels. Now look for Jay Graham to come on board.

volzcrushm writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

well...they say he is a very strong recruiter and especially in the Memphis area.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

What a great Christmas present for the VOLS. welcome home Coach Brown.

Thad123 writes:

I cut and pasted my comment from Wikipedia looks like the writers do to.

UTBEATEMALL writes:

in response to BhamVol:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

How about Andre Johnson, Roy Williams, and Calvin Johnson? Every kid knows how well Roy Williams played in Detroit even with Kitna throwing him the ball! Calvin Johnson?!! Andre Johnson?!!! If we want big receivers this guy should be able to recruit them better than any other living soul!

bUTchVFL writes:

Ever heard of Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson?

Titans_Vols777 writes:

frank who?

MagnoliaBigOrange writes:

Wide receiver U will help lead us to National Champion U.

allvol9 writes:

Great hire and welcome back Kippy.

bobbytodd writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

Kif said he can recruit. I also feel that coaching kids to a winning level will bring talent. Who would have thought 5 years ago kids with talent would pick Cincinnati over some of the Big 10/11 schools that offer them.

lomas98 writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

Thoughts are tired of hearing the name Taylor on these message boards. Development and NFL experience is proven. That should be enough to recruit. I am confident if he could not recruit, Lane would not have hired him. Lets let Lane pick his own staff instead of offering up the same old names to him.

vol75 writes:

in response to VolInIndy:

That ought to perk up the WR recruits ears and take the question marks out of losing Wilson and replace them with explanation marks.

What is an "explanation mark?"

HallowedHill writes:

Great pick, welcome back Kippy! Welcome back Wide Receiver U!!!

coalvol writes:

I'd always thought our WR corps had went downhill since Kippy left. We've had a few good one's here and there but never the consistent talent we had during Kippy's first go around at UT. Good hire from CLK.

Mule_Days_King writes:

Welcome home Coach Brown. Glad you are back.
Go ahead and put your negatives out there hollowhead and all you other trolls.
We're waiting.

volcycle writes:

Wow....Awesome!!!

footballfan34 writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

Rodney Garner would be worth his weight in gold but please dont mention the name Trooper Taylor as a stud recruiter. He is a joke and has never signed an all conference or all-american player. He got lucky to coach Robert Meacham for one year and he is the only player he has coached to make it to the pros.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to vol75:

What is an "explanation mark?"

It's sort of like a question mark except it's not curved. Most people call them "exclamation points." but they are "marks", also.

beachvol1 writes:

OK Mr. Ambles, take a look at this hire, if liked Coach Wilson, you gonna love Coach Kip!! You want to get to the next level, then jump back on board and forget that Ole Miss visit...do you really want to be tabbed as a "Rebel"??? Besides, you look better in Orange...Think about it....

illinoisvolfan writes:

The return of Wide Receiver U. Welcome back Kippy. Coach 'em up!!

Once again, it's pretty obvious CLK knows what he's doing. GBO!!

tnsportsman writes:

YES! YES! YES! Wide Receiver U is back again! GO BIG ORANGE!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BhamVol:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

Even if the kids don't know those names, their parents and HS coaches will. This is a BIG deal! Kippy will help us with both recruiting and coaching; bank on it! Welcome home, Coach Brown!

sitinhere writes:

in response to lomas98:

Thoughts are tired of hearing the name Taylor on these message boards. Development and NFL experience is proven. That should be enough to recruit. I am confident if he could not recruit, Lane would not have hired him. Lets let Lane pick his own staff instead of offering up the same old names to him.

I like this move (rockytop=wide reciever U again)and I like the thought of D Moore and G Jones getting coached by Kippy. I could see 2 1st to 2nd round recievers in next year's NFL draft from UT. (They would go higher if they were bigger) Think that would help recruit 4 & 5 star recievers and great recievers attract great QBs.

But I wouldn't downgrade the idea of bringing Trooper back for the simple fact that when he was RB coach, he took two average to better than average backs and produced two 1000 yarders in one season. When he took over WR, they stopped dropping the ball and started getting YAC. So he can recruit and he can coach so he would be great addition. Plus it would be taking a good coach away from another SEC team. But I don't see it happening now.

tdforvols writes:

Nice, A win all the way around ( I believe Kiffin called it a Grand Slam) for the Vols.

huntined#565710 writes:

Every receiver in the country should know him!! He is the BEST we could have hoped for.. The man can coach receivers and with what we have now and what we have coming in for next year the passing game will be a great improvement over this past year and after the AUB. game it was not too bad.

nocleats writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

There is as much money as we want to spend.. Thats the truth!! GBO, and welcome back Kippy.
For a HS wide reciever who wants to make it to the NFL,, Tennessee just got even more attractive!

RJ_Vol writes:

Next HC, IMO.

cobbwebb writes:

this brings back memories of my childhood! i can still hear it, hes at the 25,20,15,10,5,4,3,2,1, give him six, touchdown, tim mcgee!!!!

orangeblood8456 writes:

if i were a wide reciever looking for a place to play, kippy brown made tennessee my first option.

luvorange writes:

in response to RJ_Vol:

Next HC, IMO.

Weird......... I thought the exact same thing today.

volsn3 writes:

GREAT COACH....I REMEMBER THE WIDE RECIEVR "U" DAYS ALL TO WELL.....COME ON HOME TROOPER AND WE ARE SET....GO VOLS

Hoodvol writes:

Good hire Coach. You got the best. He turned the Detroit Lions into winners.

SEAL_9821 writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

Brown was the reason in Fulmer landing some of the studs he did in the early 90's. He's an excellent recruiter in the south and especially in the Mississippi area. He lured many kids from that area in his time here. Many may not know this but, Saban tried to get Kippy for 2yrs when he was at LSU because he recruited so well in the south.

jcvol#215939 writes:

It's clear the Vols upgraded in this turn of the coaching carousel. Welcome Home Coach Brown.

Voluvr writes:

in response to vet4ut:

I like the hire. But since luring Kippy back to Rocky Top likely required a $4-500,000/year contract, is there enough money left over to hire a stud recruiter (i.e. Garner or Taylor). The kids will love Kippy's pro resume/connections but his recruiting will not be able to replace what we lost to LSU and FSU.
Thoughts?

That money might not be definite. It was reported that he has 2 local grandchildren. Apparently, considering an arrangement to be close to them. He commented that UT would be the only job he would take.

Voluvr writes:

Dont' be surprised if Sly Croom makes some kind of showing. They've met.

Seahawk writes:

Jim Chaney is the OC, Lane Kiffin is the de facto OC and now Kippy Brown is the "passing game coordinator". Three's a crowd. Sounds like Chaney may be headed elsewhere in the near future.

Slystone writes:

in response to BhamVol:

So who has he coached in the pros that an 18 year old kid would know of? Anthony Miller, Tim McGee, Alvin Harper and Carl Pickens are all great names for Vol fans of a certain age. What has he done lately that some standout WR would know about? I'm only asking b/c I don't follow the NFL closely and really don't know.

Calvin Johnson

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maciste54 writes:

This is very very good news !!!

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