Butch Jones introduced as the new head coach of the UT football team
Butch Jones' first University of Tennessee staff will likely have a Cincinnati flavor with a Tennessee twist.
Jones is certain to bring several members of his former Cincinnati staff with him to UT.
He also said Friday in his introductory news conference that it was "important" to have a UT connection to whom the players can relate.
Jones met with the holdovers from Derek Dooley's staff late Friday afternoon. All of Dooley's assistants were initially retained by athletic director Dave Hart to oversee recruiting.
T.J. Weist, Cincinnati's receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, will apparently be on it. That's the report from the Rivals.com outlet in Cincinnati.
"There'll probably be a few individuals that accompany me from the University of Cincinnati," Jones said, "but I can assure we're going to leave no stone unturned to bring the best coaches here to Knoxville.''
Four on-field coaches from Jones' Cincinnati staff followed him from Central Michigan in 2010. They are offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, special teams/safeties coach Mark Elder and defensive line coach Steve Stripling.
Stripling was designated interim head coach at Cincinnati on Friday. That doesn't necessarily rule him out for eventually joining Jones in Knoxville.
Weist is an Alabama alumnus who played receiver for the Crimson Tide in the mid-1980s. He coached at Western Kentucky eight years before Cincinnati.
Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach John Jancek was at Georgia from 2005-09 under Mark Richt. Tight ends coach Dave Johnson was also at Georgia from 2001-07.
Two ex-Vols for consideration have ties to the glory days of the 1990s.
Jay Graham left South Carolina to come back to coach running backs under Dooley last fall. Tee Martin, the national championship quarterback from 1998, coaches receivers at Southern Cal after spending a couple of years at Kentucky.
"It's really important, too, for our players to understand that there's players who have been there, done that and gone through all these things,'' Jones said. "I'm going to work extremely hard at that component on our staff.''
Asked specifically about Martin, Jones said he's still in the investigative stages of finding good fits.
"Obviously,'' Jones said, "he's a great coach. We all understand what he's meant to this football program.
"Obviously he would be an individual we reach out to, but we're going to reach out to a lot of individuals.''
As for retaining holdovers from Dooley's staff, besides Graham, offensive line coach Sam Pittman and recruiting coordinator Darin Hinshaw are arguably the most viable candidates.
Jones and his Cincinnati staff have only limited recruiting ties in the Southeast. However, the Bearcats' 2012 roster is littered with Floridians.
Two current UT freshmen from Florida, Kenny Bynum and Nathan Peterman, almost ended up at Cincinnati.
"If you can recruit, you can recruit,'' Jones said. "It doesn't matter what school you come from, what area of the country.
"Recruiting is selling. Recruiting is the people business.
"It's important we do have some coaches that know the lay of the land but I really do think if you're a great recruiter you can recruit anywhere because it's all relationship based.''
Getting recruits on campus is only part of the package. Developing them as players is the other.
Jones said he wants his staff to ultimately be great teachers, on and off the field.
"I have a checklist of what I'm looking for,'' he said.
"I want individuals with tremendous character and then I want great teachers. Great teachers in the game of life, great teachers in the game of football.
"There's a difference between teaching and presenting. Anybody can present anything. But we want great teachers and individuals that have a passion to be here at the University of Tennessee.''