Dooley comments on hiring Wilcox for DC position
Derek Dooley didn't just land players on National Signing Day.
The new Tennessee coach also nabbed a defensive coordinator.
Dooley capped a productive few weeks on the recruiting trail by nearly wrapping up his staff by hiring Boise State coordinator Justin Wilcox on Wednesday, snatching up one of the hottest young assistants in the country to go with what could be a top-10 class of incoming freshmen. A UT official indicated Wilcox would not be introduced at Dooley's press conference this evening, but the program did confirm the hire in a release.
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” Wilcox said. “I’m really humbled to be considered and for coach Dooley to offer me the job. Boise State is an incredible place and I really wasn’t looking to leave there. All this happened pretty fast.
“But after talking with coach Dooley and a couple of the other coaches, and getting a feel for the way he wants to model the program and a lot of the philosophies he has, I just felt like it was a great opportunity at an unbelievable place in terms of the tradition. I think it’s just one of those things that was too good to pass up and I’m excited to be here.”
Wilcox was an unlikely choice given his limited experience with the Broncos and wasn't considered a candidate until Tuesday due to a lack of clear ties to the Vols, but he has a proven track record as a bright defensive mind and was expected to have one of the best units in the country next season at Boise State. The 33-year-old called the plays there for the last four seasons, and enhanced his resume with a couple big-time performances against high-powered Oregon and then TCU in the Fiesta Bowl.
That leaves only one more vacancy on Dooley's staff, though Chuck Smith has been considered the likely choice to fill it and coach the defensive line for nearly two weeks now.