Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon are leaving Tennessee for jobs at Washington. The latest changes in UT's coaching staff was confirmed by UT on Monday.
Wilcox, 35, was named defensive coordinator in February of 2010. He came to Tennessee after a successful run as Boise State's defensive coordinator during its rise to power.
With Wilcox and Sirmon leaving, UT Derek Dooley coach has now lost four members of his staff from 2011. Receivers coach Charlie Baggett "retired" last month and tight ends coach Eric Russell has joined the staff at Washington State.
UT has hired running backs coach Jay Graham. That leaves three openings on the staff.
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Wilcox played for Oregon from 1995-99 and began his coaching career at Boise State and served two stints there sandwiched around a pair of seasons at California before coming to Tennessee.
Wilcox does not owe UT anything by leaving for another job. His original contract stipulated that he owe the school $300,000 if he terminated the deal before Dec. 1, 2011— with the exception of leaving because he obtained a Division I head coaching position — but that clause was completely wiped out when it was amended in August.
Wilcox was to receive $700,000 in 2012, a base pay of $275,000 and a "broadcast/endorsement" payment of $475,000.
Shortly after Wilcox pulled his name out of the running for the same title at Texas last December, he not only re-negotiated a contract that was longer and paid him more money, but one that provided him with more job security.
Sirmon, 34, was set to make $175,000 in 2012.
Sirmon, who is from Wenatchee, Wash., played seven seasons as a linebacker in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, was a graduate assistant at UT in 2010 and was promoted to linebackers coach after the departure of Chuck Smith last February.
Sirmon's coaching career started in 2008 on the staff at Central Washington University. He joined his alma mater in 2009 as as a graduate assistant at Oregon.
More details later online and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.