UT hires longtime Cleveland Browns scout Bob Welton to be new director of player personnel

Tennessee coach Butch Jones reached back to his Michigan roots to find a candidate with NFL ties to serve as the Vols’ new director of player personnel.

Bob Welton has spent the last nine years as a college scout for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Before that, he was a successful high school coach in Michigan, guiding Coloma High (just 35 miles south of Jones’ hometown of Saugatuck) to an undefeated season in 2003.

The owner of the Browns is Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam, a Knoxville native and longtime supporter of UT athletics. Haslam and Jones spoke extensively during a ceremony on campus Friday night.

Welton grew up in Luna Pier, Mich., and graduated from Adrian (Mich.) College. He did postgraduate work at Eastern Michigan

and Grand Valley State.

Welton’s primary focus will be on recruiting and evaluation. Many college teams are bolstering their recruiting and personnel staffs to assist on-field coaches with legwork.

His salary at UT was not announced.

Welton will help fill the void left by two departures from the football administrative staff. J.R. Sandlin, whose title was director of recruiting, left the program earlier this month. NFL coordinator Bill Baker, a longtime NFL scout hired by Derek Dooley a year ago, retired after the Vols’ pro day in March.

Staff members Scott Altizer, the director of high school relations, and Brad Pendergrass, the director of football operations, also work closely with Jones and his staff on evaluation and recruiting legwork.

UT senior associate athletic director David Blackburn, who was responsible for administrative oversight of the football program, was hired as new AD at Chattanooga over the weekend.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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Comments » 11

cgbtn writes:

If this is the guy responsible for evaluating the Browns' players, he probably can't tell a football player from a goat.

jack4444 writes:

in response to cgbtn:

If this is the guy responsible for evaluating the Browns' players, he probably can't tell a football player from a goat.

Yea Butch hired him because he's an idiot.

Quality analysis.

nocleats writes:

Welcome aboard, good luck, evaluate some DLineman please.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to jack4444:

Yea Butch hired him because he's an idiot.

Quality analysis.

That one really cracked me up!! Good one!!

lm5449#205749 writes:

in response to cgbtn:

If this is the guy responsible for evaluating the Browns' players, he probably can't tell a football player from a goat.

If that is true. You and Him have a lot in common.

fearthehound writes:

So Big Jim needed to move some personnel around from one of his teams to the other...I suppose nine years as an NFL scout ought to qualify you to evaluate talent.

antonio14313 writes:

welcome aboard! go vols.

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Original_Witch_Doctor writes:

WD says more good changes made by Mr. Jones! This team keeps getting built better and better, by right pieces being placed around them.

Bones Never Lie.

powert#205805 writes:

Bones never tell the truth either.

Looking at the Browns personnel choices for the last nine years, they have mostly been poor.

I doubt ability had much to do with this hire however.

Orange_Beach writes:

This will pretty much tell you where you are.
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/20...

tovolny writes:

WONDER whose idea this was? Any guess's?
I think Bank of America might need to challenge some of these off-the-wall decisions. The main influence effecting Tennessee decisions right now is not working and has never panned out. Go to 2006 and look backwards. The sad thing is, we cannot do a thing about it...donors rule. What kind of team is Middle Tennessee State going to have this year? In five years from now, we may not have a Team from Tennessee in the SEC. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. The MTSU comment fits into this paragraph if you know that about which I speak. Sad times are here and sad times ahead. Optimism, some say, is thinking of a half glass of water as being half full and not half empty. I say if it can hold more, then for goodness sake fill the dang thing to the brim. THAT"S OPTIMISM

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