Its Official - Hoke will coach Tennessee's defensive line
It apparently didn't take long for former Michigan coach Brady Hoke to find work.
According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Hoke is expected to become Tennessee's defensive line coach. SEC Country reported over the weekend that the Volunteers were "in discussions" to hire Hoke.
If and when it's official, Hoke's addition will be the latest for Vols coach Butch Jones, who is making good on promises to shake up his coaching staff after perhaps the most disappointing 8-4 regular season effort in recent memory.
Tennessee has already brought on Charlton Warren to coach the secondary and Mike Canales to coach quarterbacks. Additionally, tight ends coach Larry Scott was promoted to offensive coordinator.
Hoke spent the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator, his only season with the Ducks. It was an unmitigated disaster on multiple levels. Oregon went 4-8, finishing last in the Pac-12 North, and coach Mark Helfrich was fired. Though Hoke didn't inherit much to begin with, the defense nevertheless finished 126th nationally in points allowed per game -- two away from being the worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
However, Hoke cut his teeth as a D-line coach before going on to successful stints at Ball State and San Diego State. He coached Michigan for four seasons before being relieved of his duties. A return to the big nasties up front might be what Hoke needs to move his career back in a positive direction.