Derek Dooley on the status of Justin Wilcox
Derek Dooley still wants his staff mentioned with other jobs and won't mind losing an assistant or two.
But right now the Tennessee coach doesn't plan on that happening any time soon.
UT defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has emerged as the latest name tied to a search at Texas to fill the same position, but Dooley stressed multiple times after practice today that his stable of coaches remains unchanged. And as usual, it included Wilcox in Vols workout gear and a visor and on the field as the team began game preparation for the Music City Bowl against North Carolina on Dec. 30 (TV: ESPN, 6:30 p.m.).
"Here's all I can tell you," Dooley said. "Nobody on our staff has been offered any jobs, I don't anticipate any staff changes and I'm going to reiterate exactly what I said in (Wednesday's) press conference - it's a fluid industry, and it always is. But I don't anticipate any changes, and nobody on our staff has been offered a job.
"That's where we are. I'm never going to beg people to stay at Tennessee, because this is a great job and there are thousands of coaches that would kill to be here and we're never going to have one coach that's going to be bigger than the program. I think we should expect this every year, so get used to it because it's a good thing. When programs want your coaches, it means your coaches are doing a good job."
Wilcox did his in the first season with the Vols with a roster short on depth, though he worked through those issues and helped clinch a bowl bid by leading a defense that didn't allow more than 14 points during a four-game winning streak to end the season.
That and his reputation from a successful stint with Boise State before signing a three-year deal last February worth an average of $625,000 per year with a $300,000 buyout appears to have made him an attractive candidate to replace new Florida coach Will Muschamp with the Longhorns.
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