Florida RB coach set to join Vol staff
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer moved Tuesday to fill one of his staff vacancies with the expected hiring of Florida running backs coach Stan Drayton.
Details were pending with the university’s human resources office, but a formal announcement of Drayton’s hiring for an undefined coaching slot was anticipated today, a university source told The Associated Press.
The source did not wish to be identified because the deal was not final.
Drayton, 36, has been with Florida since 2005 and coached running backs for Mississippi State in 2004. But his key tie to Tennessee is Vols’ director of football operations Bruce Warwick, who was at Green Bay when Drayton was the NFL Packers’ offensive quality control and assistant special teams coach from 2001-2003.
Coincidentally, Drayton also coached running backs at Villanova from 1996-2000, where he worked with Richmond head coach Dave Clawson, who interviewed Monday to become the Vols’ next offensive coordinator.
Clawson, 40, led Richmond to an 11-3 record, the Colonial Athletic Association championship and the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals this past season. Before joining Richmond in 2004, Clawson was head coach for five seasons at Fordham and offensive coordinator at Villanova for three seasons.
Clawson is the third known candidate to interview for offensive coordinator.
Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence and the NFL San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti also interviewed. But Spence decided to remain at Clemson and Cignetti was named Sunday the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at California.
Former Vols offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe left Dec. 15 to become head coach at Duke and took two other Vols assistants with him — running backs coach Kurt Roper and tight ends coach Matt Luke. A fourth vacancy occurred when wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor became co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
Fulmer said during the Outback Bowl he hoped to have Cutcliffe’s successor named by Tuesday to coincide with the first team meeting since the Vols’ 21-17 victory over Wisconsin. But that announcement now may come later in the week before a big recruiting visit this weekend.