Tennessee coach Butch Jones is bringing at least two graduate assistants from Cincinnati to join his new coaching staff in Knoxville.
Offensive GA Cody Kempt and defensive GA Larry Knight are expected to hold similar positions at Tennessee.
Kempt started his college career as a quarterback at Oregon and later transferred to Montana State. He spent a year as a graduate assistant at his alma mater before joining Cincinnati in 2012. He is a native of Bozeman, Mont., who went to high school in Beaverton, Ore.
On defense, Knight tweeted this morning that he was “Tennessee bound.”
A native of Augusta, Ga., Knight was a defensive end for four seasons at Central Michigan, starting every game as a senior in 2009, when the Chippewas won the MAC championship. Knight was coached by Tennessee assistant head coach and defensive line coach Steve Stripling in 2009.
Working as a graduate assistant is typically one of the first steps on the career ladder for young coaches getting started in the business.
Jones could add other assistants to his staff. NCAA rules allow nine “on-field” coaches, but other staff members are often hired in administrative roles or as “quality control” assistants who do video work and scouting.
Brandon Staley, a former defensive coordinator at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, was defensive GA under Derek Dooley in 2012. Kyle Manley, a former Georgia Tech quarterback and UT Martin quarterbacks coach, was offensive GA.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat