Film wooed new Vol WR coach
By: By Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Richmond assistant coach Latrell Scott was introduced as Tennessee’s new wide receivers coach Saturday, the same day his boss, Dave Clawson, made his first appearance as Vols offensive coordinator.
Scott said his decision to coach at Tennessee was very easy after watching film of the Vols’ wide receiver corps.
“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life next to marrying my wife,” he said.
Scott, 31, has spent three seasons at Richmond and was a part of a staff that led the 2007 Spiders (11-3) to the Football Championship Series semifinals. He previously coached at Virginia Military Institute, Western Carolina and Fork Union Military Academy and played tight end at Hampton.
Clawson, who spent four seasons as Richmond coach, encouraged Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer to hire Scott to replace new Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor.
Fulmer was happy to oblige.
“In the interview process, he was very energetic, knowledgeable and appears to be an excellent teacher,” Fulmer said.
Scott joined running backs coach Stan Drayton as a new face on the Vols staff and eventually will be joined by a new tight ends coach. Clawson and Scott have filled vacancies created when David Cutcliffe left to coach Duke and took running backs coach Kurt Roper and tight ends coach Matt Luke with him.
Clawson said Scott was his best recruiter at Richmond and had turned down several other opportunities to move to a Football Bowl Subdivision program in order to stick with him.
“It’s very fortunate that it worked out that Tennessee also needed a wide receivers coach,” Clawson said.
Clawson, who also coached with Drayton at Villanova, said he knows it will take time for the offensive players to adjust to a new coaching staff and new playing styles.
“There’s always a little feeling-out process with the players because I think change is hard. But at the same time, I think players are very resilient,” he said.
The Vols could also be getting a top transfer in Ryan Mallent from Michigan.
The 6-foot-7, 252-pound Mallett has a strong arm and is best suited for a pro-style offense.
Mallett’s father said last week that his son wouldn’t return to Ann Arbor, but said Monday that the former Texas Class 4A offensive player of the year had not yet decided where to resume his college football career.
UT is among the shortlist of hopefuls to snag the services of the signal caller.