UT aide Wilcox on Texas wish list?
Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:05 pm
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has not been offered a job at Texas.
Dooley was asked about an unconfirmed report that the Longhorns have targeted Wilcox to replace Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator, and did not say if Wilcox had spoken with Texas.
Muschamp became the new head coach at Florida on Dec. 11, days after Urban Meyer announced his resignation.
Wilcox was not made available to media after the Vols’ Monday practice.
Tennessee (6-6) ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference in total defense, giving up 381.92 yards per game, and ninth in scoring defense at 24.7 points.
The Vols did not allowed more than 14 points in any of their final four games.
Wilcox, 34, joined the Tennessee staff in February after spending four seasons at Boise State.
Wilcox’s UT contract reportedly is for three years and a payout of $625,000.
The Volunteers play North Carolina on Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Tickets for that game have been sold out for a couple weeks.
In other coaching news in the “Volunteer State,” Memphis coach Larry Porter said Monday that the contracts of offensive line coach John McDonell and running backs coach Sedrick Irvin would not be renewed for the 2011 season.
The Tigers finished 1-11 in Porter’s first season as the head football coach.
The school said in a two-sentence news release that their departure is “an effort to continue the rebuilding process for Tiger football.”