The Tennessee offensive coordinator job became vacant on Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that current OC, Mike Debord, was leaving the program to take the OC job at Indiana University. Now before VolNation says, “He Left For INDIANA!!”, keep in mind that he had been discussing retirement for a few weeks now with coach Butch Jones. Although Debord did not retire, the reason for the move anyone can understand, as Debord stated “being close to family and grandchildren”.
Here are the top 5 names to keep an eye out for, some long shot, but one of these guys will most likely be the next OC for Tennessee.
Mark Helfrich- Former Head Coach and Former Offensive Coordinator at Oregon
While we are told that it is a long shot for Tennessee to land Helfrich, you can’t help to put him on the list. Helfrich once had Oregon among the nation’s elite when it came to offense and has been hanging around the Tennessee program recently.
Zach Azzanni- Current WR coach at UT and former OC at Western Kentucky
If Butch decides to hire within the current staff, the top candidate would have to be Azzanni. Azzanni has coached under Urban Meyer and has some offensive coordinator experience at Western Kentucky.
Ken Dorsey- Former Miami QB and current QB coach for Carolina Panthers
While not the sexiest hire that UT could hire, Ken Dorsey seems to be a legitimate candidate at this point. Although I don’t think Dorsey gets the job, I do find it interesting that he wants to get back in to the college game, after being in the NFL since 2011.
Larry Scott- Current Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach at UT
Larry Scott is on the current staff and makes sense if they want to keep the transition as smooth as possible. From what I am hearing , if the hire comes from within, it is his job.
Doug Meacham- Co-Offensive Coordinator TCU
Has had a high powered spread offense at all of his stops and could possibly be the best fit for Guarantano’s strength’s