Sources: Wide receivers coach Baggett has retired

University of Tennessee assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett runs drills during practice Haslam Field on  Thursday, August 4, 2011.

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University of Tennessee assistant head coach and wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett runs drills during practice Haslam Field on Thursday, August 4, 2011. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

As the final seconds of the season ticked away at Kentucky, Charlie Baggett wrapped an arm around a Tennessee player, offered some encouraging words and jogged to the locker room.

That apparently will be the last on-field memory for the assistant head coach and leader of the wide receivers after spending two seasons with the Vols.

According to multiple sources familiar with the personnel but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter on Thursday, Baggett will not return to UT for a third campaign and has elected to retire five days after a losing season ended with the 10-7 defeat to the Wildcats last weekend.

That decision currently leaves the Vols one man short of a full coaching staff and ensures that another new face will need to step in for the next phase of the rebuilding job entering Derek Dooley's third season with the program.

UT officials have not confirmed the move, but Dooley didn't seem to rule out the possibility of a change to his staff coming in the aftermath of the loss to the Wildcats. Following the firing of defensive line coach Chuck Smith a year ago, another is assured now.

Baggett earned $400,000 in the second season of a three-year deal for his work with the wide receivers, and financial implications between he and the program moving forward aren't clear at this point.

But sources briefed on the situation indicated it was Baggett's decision to step down after 35 years on the sidelines.

During the two he spent with UT, Baggett helped develop Denarius Moore into an NFL draft pick with a senior campaign in 2010 that produced career highs for the current member of the Oakland Raiders with 47 catches for 981 yards and nine touchdowns.

And despite losing leading target Justin Hunter in the third game of his second year, Baggett still had a pupil turn in one of the most productive seasons in the conference with Da'Rick Rogers hauling in 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and nine scores.

The Vols will have Rogers back in the fold along with the recovering Hunter heading into next season, but somebody else will be leading their position group.

"(It's on) the whole organization (to improve), and we're going to begin our climb right now," Dooley said after the game on Saturday. "I think (improvement) starts with an individual commitment to the team and to the program, and then learning how to work together and be a part of a team.

"And it starts with our coaching staff, building trust with each other. We've just got to go to work."

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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Volalumnus writes:

Very odd.
I wonder if he retired like Hamilton?

GreerVol22 writes:

maybe his boss will go too

cyclonevol87 writes:

I guess Wilcox is next hes going to UCLA no wait Texas A&M no wait Arizona St.

Maverickman writes:

ABANDON SHIP....SHE'S GOIN DOWN... OCCUPY THE HILL TILL DOOLEY IS GONE.. GO VOLS

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

How many didfferent ways can the KNS write this?

1986sugarbowl writes:

I actually liked coach Baggett. I don't think he was part of the problem, but having players like Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Antonio Freeman, Chris Chambers, and Bill Schroder etc. might make you look better than you can coach.

Where they that good because of his coaching? Or where they so good, they made him look amazing?

My disappointments were with anyone other than Rogers and Hunter. Those are talented kids. Arnette I think can be a great receiver and what happened to Matt Milton? 6’6” and runs a 4.3 40? This kid is almost a Randy Moss build player. Can the kid not run a post or a streak? Dallas might as well not been on the field, Zach Rogers was horrible, and no one else came in and did anything. To me Teague is a better receiver than db, and they never transitioned him back over when we needed a slot receiver.

Hard to tell, but I hate to see him leave.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to Maverickman:

ABANDON SHIP....SHE'S GOIN DOWN... OCCUPY THE HILL TILL DOOLEY IS GONE.. GO VOLS

I wondered how long before an idiot would get this screen name. Too bad we don't know your real name. Coward.

HtownVol writes:

Well that SUCKS.

Baggat was the only coach I wanted to come back to UT.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

There are several assistants that should be replaced but Baggett retiring isn't what I had in mind..I will literally shout hallelujah if Chaney is dismissed along with Hiestand and Russell, but I will consider dismissing Chaney an early Christmas gift because he is the one that has had the most complaints this year.

Hopefully these staff changes will make a difference in the Vols performance on the field next year..9 wins ARE A NECESSITY next year.Period.

Smokey says good luck,Charlie!!

HtownVol writes:

When will we all see the one we want to see?

Jim Chaney gets FIRED?

How many times did he call a run up the middle 3 times in a row for one total yard?

Every Vol fan knew UT did not have a Center capable of snapping the ball to the shotgun but JC calls a WildCat play inside the ten last week, of course the Center snaps it to his invisible friend and it may have cost UT the game and a bowl game.

Why was it so hard to get it through his head that UT was a passing team with Tyler Bray? Teams had a hard time stopping Bray when he was on but still Jim Chaney runs a pro-style, UT had no run game so it is hard to run a pro-style when 50 yards rushing is too much to hope for.

Anyway, this stinks so much. I think CCB was the BEST coach on the UT staff.

When will the bad luck end?

MikeTheTiger writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

I wondered how long before an idiot would get this screen name. Too bad we don't know your real name. Coward.

So, I guess your real name is "Ayers_Hall"?

Prostar writes:

Of all the offensive coaches I considered to be gone Baggett was not one of them. I'm not sold on Russell as the Spec. Teams coach but I think the Big 10 experiment with Chaney and Hiestand has run its course and needs to be replaced. I don't have a pipeline of who would be available or a good fit, however, there must be some that can help move this program forward.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to HtownVol:

When will we all see the one we want to see?

Jim Chaney gets FIRED?

How many times did he call a run up the middle 3 times in a row for one total yard?

Every Vol fan knew UT did not have a Center capable of snapping the ball to the shotgun but JC calls a WildCat play inside the ten last week, of course the Center snaps it to his invisible friend and it may have cost UT the game and a bowl game.

Why was it so hard to get it through his head that UT was a passing team with Tyler Bray? Teams had a hard time stopping Bray when he was on but still Jim Chaney runs a pro-style, UT had no run game so it is hard to run a pro-style when 50 yards rushing is too much to hope for.

Anyway, this stinks so much. I think CCB was the BEST coach on the UT staff.

When will the bad luck end?

"Every Vol fan knew UT did not have a Center capable of snapping the ball to the shotgun but JC calls a WildCat play inside the ten last week, of course the Center snaps it to his invisible friend and it may have cost UT the game and a bowl game."
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I don't always agree with you, but I do on this..That was the dumbest and most questionable call he ever made and he made a lot of them.

Smokey says hopefully Chaney is next..

botetourtvol2 writes:

"after 35 years on the sidelines" - perhaps he is retiring - whoever gets his job will be loaded at WR - Dooley will find someone qualified to coach that position - Please lay off Wilcox - the numbers don't lie.

GloryDays writes:

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman for going 6-6. Dooley take note.

botetourtvol2 writes:

When I posted lay off - I did not mean let him go - the defense improved this year against a tougher schedule with less experience - that means over-achieving which is what realistic TN fans are craving and should appreciate.

Go_Big_O writes:

in response to 1986sugarbowl:

I actually liked coach Baggett. I don't think he was part of the problem, but having players like Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Antonio Freeman, Chris Chambers, and Bill Schroder etc. might make you look better than you can coach.

Where they that good because of his coaching? Or where they so good, they made him look amazing?

My disappointments were with anyone other than Rogers and Hunter. Those are talented kids. Arnette I think can be a great receiver and what happened to Matt Milton? 6’6” and runs a 4.3 40? This kid is almost a Randy Moss build player. Can the kid not run a post or a streak? Dallas might as well not been on the field, Zach Rogers was horrible, and no one else came in and did anything. To me Teague is a better receiver than db, and they never transitioned him back over when we needed a slot receiver.

Hard to tell, but I hate to see him leave.

Waaa Waaa Waaaa. Geez does everybody really suck so bad? Lighten up.

tlallman writes:

I thought Baggett was one of three I would have kept. The other two being Wilcox and Sirmon.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

When will we all see the one we want to see?

Jim Chaney gets FIRED?

How many times did he call a run up the middle 3 times in a row for one total yard?

Every Vol fan knew UT did not have a Center capable of snapping the ball to the shotgun but JC calls a WildCat play inside the ten last week, of course the Center snaps it to his invisible friend and it may have cost UT the game and a bowl game.

Why was it so hard to get it through his head that UT was a passing team with Tyler Bray? Teams had a hard time stopping Bray when he was on but still Jim Chaney runs a pro-style, UT had no run game so it is hard to run a pro-style when 50 yards rushing is too much to hope for.

Anyway, this stinks so much. I think CCB was the BEST coach on the UT staff.

When will the bad luck end?

That is a TOTALLY inaccurate statement. He would only run up the middle twice. Then on 3rd and 1, he would call a pass...resulting in a sack. He would only run up the middle 3 times in a row if we false started on 3rd and 1 resulting in a 3rd and 6. Come on, get it right.

iowavol writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman for going 6-6. Dooley take note.

They had a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. Should have contended for the Big 12 South which essentially means the Big 12 title. Should have been fired. Dooley needs one more year and our support more than anything else. We lost good recruits in Fulmers last year because of John Adams and the venom on this board toward Fulmer. Either show support for Dooley or go be a bama fan.

dvols writes:

good luck coach

like the way the "administration" is not knee jerking like all the sidewalk alumni...

Upgrayedd writes:

Coach, thank you for your time at UT. After an outstanding 35-year career, I hope you enjoy your retirement. You've earned it. Unlike the many posters on this board who just wanna whine and complain, I'd like to say that I appreciate your contributions to our Vols and would like to say thanks for being a part of our WR-U traditions. GBO!

orange_eVOLution writes:

How many times is this article going to be re-posted?

oldvoltimer62 writes:

Fire Chaney spend some money and hire James Coley FSU OC.Fire Wilcox hire either Bobby Green Navy DC or Todd Orlando UConn DC both are good coaches .Fire Hiestand and Joseph Oline can't block and DB's can't cover .Sirmon didn't exactly knock em outta the park either.And get anyone to replace special teams Coach the Arkansas punt return says it all.And yes CDD you are now on the hot seat.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to tlallman:

I thought Baggett was one of three I would have kept. The other two being Wilcox and Sirmon.

Yeah, I like Baggett, too..I have a lot of respect for him.

This is just a hunch and don't know for sure, but I don't think Wilcox and Sirmon are going anywhere for the time being.

Smokey says it's just a gut feeling he has..

Atuss writes:

Lance Thompson will soon be gone as well.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to Atuss:

Lance Thompson will soon be gone as well.

Why?

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

How many didfferent ways can the KNS write this?

42... as per the "Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galazy"

orange_eVOLution writes:

Only three more need to go... Chaney, Heistand, and Russell. The defense is making progress. The offense sucks and needs some real discipline and a running game. Larry Porter could amp the running game and the recruiting.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

After the Kentucky game, I put a bag over my head and lay on the floor for a couple hours.

Atuss writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Lance Thompson will not be leaving because there is anything wrong with him. He will be leaving for a better opportunity.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Started chanting "So long and thanks for all the fish" to the tune of "Rocky Top".

deputy658 writes:

in response to oldvoltimer62:

Fire Chaney spend some money and hire James Coley FSU OC.Fire Wilcox hire either Bobby Green Navy DC or Todd Orlando UConn DC both are good coaches .Fire Hiestand and Joseph Oline can't block and DB's can't cover .Sirmon didn't exactly knock em outta the park either.And get anyone to replace special teams Coach the Arkansas punt return says it all.And yes CDD you are now on the hot seat.

Fire Chaney and Hiestand for sure , but I don't know what your problem is with Wilcox . If our recruits hold on we will have one of the best defenses in the nation next year. Hate to see Baggitt go , I heard there is some problems with D Rogers and decipline issues.

rootin4volz writes:

in response to MikeTheTiger:

So, I guess your real name is "Ayers_Hall"?

Girls, girls...come on now. You're both pretty.

Hrockytop writes:

Sad... one of the few quality coaches we have and good for recruiting.

Not sold on the "retireing" thing..Ohio St. maybe? Penn St.? More to come...

keepitreal4vols writes:

Where's Dooley?

GloryDays writes:

in response to iowavol:

They had a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. Should have contended for the Big 12 South which essentially means the Big 12 title. Should have been fired. Dooley needs one more year and our support more than anything else. We lost good recruits in Fulmers last year because of John Adams and the venom on this board toward Fulmer. Either show support for Dooley or go be a bama fan.

It will be a cold day where the buger man lives, before I become a Bama fan. I have been pulling for Dooley for 2 years and He has won "0" big games, shown no improvement, lost to Kentucky, Dooley has shown No leadership skills, Baggett is gone, Wilcox is soon to be gone, players play with no fire or heart, they quit on Dooley, may have a hard time winning 7 games next year. Dooley has 11-14 record, losing record at LA Tech. It is hard to be supportive and optimistic.

volfast40time writes:

if you havent read it yet, read tony basillio's article on the ut program at tonybasillio.com; our program needs a change now before this mess gets even worse

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to volfast40time:

if you havent read it yet, read tony basillio's article on the ut program at tonybasillio.com; our program needs a change now before this mess gets even worse

Yes yes. People are starting to come around. Get the change over with now instead of spreading it out over a few years.

Here's the question. If you are riding with a friend in the car and he is giving you directions...and you turn right...and you are pretty sure you are headed the wrong way, do you turn around immediately, or do you continue driving the wrong direction for 10 more minutes so that your friend won't feel bad?

Theo writes:

in response to rootin4volz:

Girls, girls...come on now. You're both pretty.

Well played.

Theo writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Texas A&M fires Mike Sherman for going 6-6. Dooley take note.

Yes but that was in either his fourth or fifth year not second.

HallowedHill writes:

Thanks for the run, Charlie. Have a great retirement!

GO VOLS!

newtonrail writes:

in response to oldvoltimer62:

Fire Chaney spend some money and hire James Coley FSU OC.Fire Wilcox hire either Bobby Green Navy DC or Todd Orlando UConn DC both are good coaches .Fire Hiestand and Joseph Oline can't block and DB's can't cover .Sirmon didn't exactly knock em outta the park either.And get anyone to replace special teams Coach the Arkansas punt return says it all.And yes CDD you are now on the hot seat.

I'm old timer of '67, and I'm sorry but you are nuts. You want to fire 6 of 9 Assistants counting Baggett. Come on '62, what games are you watching? Not the ones I see in Section Q.

willblitz4bacon writes:

Is he retired like farve? Urban?

BamaVol writes:

Mike Sherman is a good coach

BamaVol writes:

The Head Coach is only as good as his Asst. Coaches

UT_Fam writes:

JEFF FISHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JEFF FISHER
JEFF FISHER
JEFF FISHER..........Jeff Fisher

Snapshot writes:

in response to oldvoltimer62:

Fire Chaney spend some money and hire James Coley FSU OC.Fire Wilcox hire either Bobby Green Navy DC or Todd Orlando UConn DC both are good coaches .Fire Hiestand and Joseph Oline can't block and DB's can't cover .Sirmon didn't exactly knock em outta the park either.And get anyone to replace special teams Coach the Arkansas punt return says it all.And yes CDD you are now on the hot seat.

Well we are sure glad you made it official about the hot seat. Never would have figured that out.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to Pat777:

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I wouldn't go that far. I think that the Texas A&M job would be a step up for Wilcox IF TAM gets a good head coach...if they hire their next coach based on the suggestions of a glorified accountant and Jimmy Sexton, then Wilcox might as well stay here.

Wilcox better beware of going to UCLA if Peterson gets hired. That school is a deathtrap for football coaches. It's a basketball school. It has to compete in recruiting with USC and Cal and honestly, nobody gives a s*** about that program anymore. Dead end. Arizona State is also a bust.

I think Lance Thompson is gone. He's too good of a recruiter to not make big money somewhere else. If Wilcox bolts, I bet you see him promoted to DC. If not, then he'll probably end up the DC at Ole Miss.

I really, really don't understand why Hiestand, Chaney, and Russell still have jobs at this point. It's worrisome. Hiestand and Russell should have been fired the day after UK game. Chaney's contract is a problem, but the trigger on his UT career should have been pulled a few days ago too. I don't know. Maybe UT is thinking that they will fire all these guys after NSD...if that's true, that's some dirty underhanded mess.

Of course...it might be that Hart has told Dooley that he isn't getting the budget to hire new people and that he has to win with the staff he has. If I was Hart and I had soured on Dooley, that's what I would do.

stumpyb writes:

in response to untimed_vols_ghost:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Layla Kiffin has got NO BODY like Tenn has NO DEFENSE

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