Vols get defensive with Boise State coordinator Wilcox

Dooley comments on hiring Wilcox for DC position

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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.

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Orangebrewbasher writes:

"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"

That's what I like to hear.

VolNavy1 writes:

Coach Dooley makes another solid move. Go VOLS!!!

BoroVolFan writes:

I'll take the Checkerboards over the Smurf-turf anyday...Go Vols!

RoyaltyVol writes:

Dooley, your the man!!!

Orangebrewbasher writes:

Maybe if had been here a year earlier Berry would have broken the record instead of becoming a linebacker that got lost (No offense to Berry)

ThrutheT writes:

Time may prove me wrong (I hope not) but I have a great gut feeling about this guy. Just by what I have learned about him....I like it...

Volunatic writes:

Glad to hear Justin Wilcox will be the new DC. Now I want to see Chuck Smith announced as the new DL coach.
GO VOLS!

BrassMonkey writes:

This may be a ringer so that we can compete in the Oregon game next year.

TnScooby writes:

I like this hire!!..Finally an opportunity for UT to have fresh ideas on defense, and develop a new identity with schemes....Kudos CDD for thinking outside the box!!!

tino2009 writes:

Info from Idaho newspaper...great hire...
I said... is good to be a tenneessee vol..

http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/...

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Welcome Coach Wilcox! Hope you bring your winning ways with you....and please stay a little longer than the last Westerner that visited us. Hope you get to experience Southern hospitality at its best.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Interesting.

nocleats writes:

How bout Coach Dooley and Coach Wilcox waiting until recruiting was over so as not to harm Boise St.. Its called having respect and character over win at all costs !!

plesit writes:

we gonna have orange turf coming fall

ZacharyUTK writes:

this guy can take players of a not-so-high caliber and turn them into a buzz-worthy defense. i like it. let's see what he does with a strong SEC defense. the possibilities are mouth-watering.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Welcome, bro Wilcox.

Just don't use a 9 yd drop on 3rd and 4.

Get 'em up.

vol_chaz writes:

Enter the Era of the 4-2-5 defense..and the 3-3-5.. The spread killer...

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

Maybe the best hire of all by Dooley. Hopefully he is a guy we can keep around for a while.

vol88 writes:

Welcome to Greener Pastures.

badkarma01 writes:

in response to vol_chaz:

Enter the Era of the 4-2-5 defense..and the 3-3-5.. The spread killer...

I welcome it...we certainly have the athletes to play the system

irongiant writes:

Our last defensive coordinator was 36 years older than our new one. I'm not saying that's good or bad. I just find it interesting how diametrically opposed the two hires are in terms of age.

mdvol writes:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to nocleats:

How bout Coach Dooley and Coach Wilcox waiting until recruiting was over so as not to harm Boise St.. Its called having respect and character over win at all costs !!

It was easy to see from his first press conference at UT that CDD has respect and character. It would make sense that he would be looking to form a coaching staff with the same ideals. Apparently, the only two members of the former coach's staff that had any class remained at UT, Chaney and Thompson.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to tino2009:

Info from Idaho newspaper...great hire...
I said... is good to be a tenneessee vol..

http://www.idahostatesman.com/sports/...

Thanks for the link. Sounds like he's always creating something new, rather than sticking with the same schemes every game, every season. Can't wait to see how it will play against SEC offenses.

Trifecta_Storm writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

There is no help for you!!!

SUPERVOL writes:

His defense held some of the most High powered offenses in the country to a total of 18 points. If he can coach Boise St players with that much success, then the sky is the limit at UT.

volunteerfan27204#295834 writes:

Dooley seems to know what he is doing hopefully with the new recruits he'll be able to make a happy man out of Mike Hamilton and the fans!

http://smokiespost.blogspot.com/

New poll results. Thanks all for voting!

Gumby#1381110 writes:

Cool!

CarthageVol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

Yeah, and Urban Myer's spread offense won't do well in the SEC, Right? I think after two NC's, Urbie has put to rest any negative comments. Look, if a guy can coach, star recruits in the future and thier high school coaches will recognize it. As much high school fb that we think we might have played. We don't know it all, but we love the BIG Orange. This guy won't upset you. Monte didn't have all the answers either. And the Chief, well if he had the best horses, he was unstoppable as long as it wasn't 3rd and long. Calm down and work on your tailgaiting menu. GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!!!

mthomas916 writes:

I Love this hire! This guy can coach, he coach a boise state D that really wasn't that great and got everything out of them. Now with some talent what can he do? Go Vols!

TNParker writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

No but he has seen some very good Oregon and TCU teams with several talented athletes. Do some research before you post, you'll see he's a good hire. GBO

roloyo writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

Hell, I just want to know if he has any ties to USuCk????

VOLinAthensGA writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Glad to hear Justin Wilcox will be the new DC. Now I want to see Chuck Smith announced as the new DL coach.
GO VOLS!

DITTO! We want Chuck and a "D" line that looks like it is starving for raw meat on Saturdays! GO BIG ORANGE and GO COACH DOOLEY!

MidTennVol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

I'm sure a lot of people in Florida wrote the exact same things when Urban Meyer arrived from WAC school Utah. As we know, Coach Meyer has two national championships in five years at FL.

Give the guy a break and let him prove himself.

westknoxvol24 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

ok...maybe we should get the DC from Bearden or Farragut...or Karns...or hell maybe Gibbs....good grief

Cldvols1 writes:

Well I for one welcome Coach Wilcox! He's got an outstanding resume in what little time he's been coaching. Boise had a really good defense this year and the last few years. Let's make him feel at home Vol Nation, this guy brings some new tangibles to SEC football. Go Vols!!!

Summerfield_Vol writes:

Way to go Coach Dooley. Patience paid off , we have got ourselves a heck of a Defense Coordinator, this guy can coach defense. Now to get the talent to go with the coaching. Oh! who will be the defense line coach? The commitments really look good, it will pay off come September.

jovoljo97 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

Most of those questions can be answered: Urban Meyer... just saying those two words makes my skin crawl.

Change is good

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

Somebody help this poor boy.... he's been brainwashed by a 31 year old boy coach.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

I'll try...

This DC's defense shut out Oregon. This is the same Oregon team that went to the Rose Bowl. This DC's defense is also the same defense that controlled TCU's offense in the Fiesta Bowl, one of the best offenses in the country for 2009. If I'm not mistaken, neither Oregon nor TCU is in the WAC.

He is also known to be a strong recruiter. Let's be honest, if a guy can recruit people to play in Idaho, for Heaven's sake, he can recruit anywhere.

Give him a chance before opening up the complaint department, OK.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Rah! Welcome aboard Justin!!!

snowvol writes:

This is a sensational hire by Dooley. If you've watched Boise State at all - pro style offense, the spread, you name it - this guy can coach and come up with gameplans against anyone. The article is only too correct in pointing out what he did against Oregon and TCU. He's young, aggressive, players love him... a real find for us.

phillip writes:

I too am really impressed that they waited until after NSD to announce this. That is a very classy move by CDD. I think this will be a great hire.

WytheVol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Okay, somebody help me out here....

What ties to southern recruiting does he have?
Has he ever coached in the SEC?
Has he ever coached in the pros?

So he's a D-coordinator in the WAC? The WAC, right?

Am I missing something here?

I just think the SEC is a different world and it seems like we would get a DC with more familiarity. I don't think they have seen Demps, Rainey, Julio Jones and AJ Green in the WAC.

The same conference our current head coach is from. You might have noticed that a coach from the Mountain West came to the SEC a few years ago and has dominated since his arrival. Give him a chance.. Sheesh. Boise just beat TCU and their top ranked offense. Oregon, whom we will face next year. They also shocked Oklahoma not too many years ago. Just some highlights since you only want to see the negatives...

Mr_Brownstone writes:

LUV IT. WELCOME TO BOC!

winbigvols14 writes:

in response to Trifecta_Storm:

There is no help for you!!!

You are a idiot. Another soild hire by DD. Go away. No negitivity today on this site. An overall great day for UT. Could it have been better sure, but I will take it anyday. From where we were 2 weeks ago, I will take it. All I got to say is Kiffin who,Orgeron who, comb over guy who. Go big orange.

mdvol writes:

in response to TNParker:

No but he has seen some very good Oregon and TCU teams with several talented athletes. Do some research before you post, you'll see he's a good hire. GBO

I did my research and here is his bio link....not much there....

http://www.broncosports.com/ViewArtic...

Guess Dooley was real impressed when LaTech hung 35 on that vaunted Bronco defense last season.

He's an Oregon grad and has been a DC for four years at Boise State. Probably doesn't know a single high school coach this side of the Mississippi River. Not sure why all the applause unless we are all just giddy over our signing class. I am too, but we could have gotten better than Wilcox.

luvorange writes:

Great hire!!

CroKev writes:

First!!

VolunteerLifer writes:

I like this hire from what I can see of it. I like getting younger guys who are ambitious and aggressive with something to prove about their abilities and matching up in the big-time world of SEC football. This guy is only 33, but has three years experience as a coordinator for a top ten program so, as far as I can see, its all good. Given that the Broncos were scheduled to be a NC contender, It must have taken alot by Coach Dooley to persuade him to leave. Congratualtions, Coach Dooley!!!!

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