Butch Jones filling out staff with graduate assistants

Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart, right, presents new football head coach Butch Jones at a press conference Dec. 7 in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart, right, presents new football head coach Butch Jones at a press conference Dec. 7 in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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

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Comments » 18

albert63 writes:

First, who?

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Oh boy, impeccable credentials - montana state and central meecheegan. And of course we had a ring knockin' alabubba hero at the head of our D last year and how did that turn out?

Gonna support this new crew and 'hope' for the best. Every staff has GAs so guess this is a slow news day or this crack kns sports staff is still on holiday break.

In Butch We Trust...

OMike writes:

2nd day of the new year I guess female doging and moaning wasn't one of your New Year Resolutions. This is a free site for one and where one played there college ball has no significance on ability to coach.

apriliaracing writes:

Seems like we have become the University of Cincinatti - South Campus. Time will tell if that's a good thing.

keepitreal4vols writes:

That last paragraph stumped me...is Brandon Staley & Kyle Manley still working at UT?

voloffaith writes:

in response to albert63:

First, who?

Lil Boy Blue is that ewe again....momma I'm FIRSTY......

mountainbrook writes:

in response to albert63:

First, who?

Typical Gator. That's all you've got.

Snapshot writes:

in response to albert63:

First, who?

dumbazz you, that's who.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to apriliaracing:

Seems like we have become the University of Cincinatti - South Campus. Time will tell if that's a good thing.

Dooley brought no one with him. Pluses and minuses to both approaches. I would rather be Cincy South than Bama North.

albert63 writes:

in response to apriliaracing:

Seems like we have become the University of Cincinatti - South Campus. Time will tell if that's a good thing.

Cincy lost to the only 2 ranked teams it faced last year??????

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to albert63:

Cincy lost to the only 2 ranked teams it faced last year??????

little zz how many user names do you have, good grief your Vols obsession is unbelievable

orangecountyvols writes:

Vol fan in the boro,

That's the only thing these trolls are good at........fabricating new screen names.

Leave fat Albert alone.........while he's thinking up new screen names. Not that it matters, but wonder what band wagon team Fat Albert is for?

volnvette03 writes:

in response to apriliaracing:

Seems like we have become the University of Cincinatti - South Campus. Time will tell if that's a good thing.

Well, hope it turns out better than Alabama-Knox Campus!

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vol fan in the boro,

That's the only thing these trolls are good at........fabricating new screen names.

Leave fat Albert alone.........while he's thinking up new screen names. Not that it matters, but wonder what band wagon team Fat Albert is for?

orangecounty
fat albert is a gayta fan. it's little zz also known as deltacharlie, titletownz, 9wilbefine and maybe others. He won't show up for a few days after the beating the Gatirds took tonight

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

orangecounty
fat albert is a gayta fan. it's little zz also known as deltacharlie, titletownz, 9wilbefine and maybe others. He won't show up for a few days after the beating the Gatirds took tonight

Exactly friend. You do have to give credit to the thousands of Lizard fans who stayed home. They no doubt saw the drubbing coming. Those silly Gator chops were conspicuously absent after the Cards put them away weren't they?

Title village and all the ZZ trolls have drowned in Lake Alice tonight.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to OMike:

2nd day of the new year I guess female doging and moaning wasn't one of your New Year Resolutions. This is a free site for one and where one played there college ball has no significance on ability to coach.

Hey Mikey, thanks for the info about this being a free site. Seems someone who played on a field that needed pickup truck lights for night games and used stacks of buffalo chips and 10' of leather for first down markers might be a little wowed by Neyland Stadium and other SEC venues and big time college football. And little facts like maybe having played on a major conference or national championship team (insignificant 'been THEIR, done that' stuff) means nothing about THERE later ability to coach. But you press on THEIR partner, keep giving your all knowing and insightful pearls of wisdom.

In Butch We Trust

albert63 writes:

Yes, I was dissapointed my team did not show uo, but at least got to go.

OrangePsyched writes:

Isn't it Kempt's brother who was offered scholarship as 8th grader by then Stanford coach Harbough. My understanding is that we are after him as he is class of 13. Might be one good reason for bringing him along as GA.

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