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Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:15 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's March 2, and even after February had an extra day in it this year, Tennessee is somehow still hemorrhaging assistant coaches.

According to a report from Tennessee Rivals affiliate Volquest.com and confirmed by CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman, Vol defensive backs coach (and recruiting coordinator) Terry Joseph has resigned to accept the same position at Nebraska. The Huskers' secondary coaching position came open when LSU hired Bayou Bengal alum Corey Raymond away from Nebraska Feb. 27. Joseph served as a graduate assistant under Huskers head coach Bo Pelini during Pelini's tenure as defensive coordinator at (you guessed it) LSU.

Joseph becomes the seventh Volunteer assistant to depart Derek Dooley's struggling program this offseason, with his decision ensuring that Dooley will enter the 2012 season with an entirely new defensive staff. The only holdovers from the Vols' 2011 staff will be offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and current wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw. With Hinshaw having moved to the receivers' role after coaching quarterbacks last season, not one position on the Vol depth chart will be coached by the same position coach as in 2011.

On the one hand, Joseph's individual departure isn't that big a deal; it comes too late to make any impact on the 2012 recruiting class, but early enough that Dooley should be able to repair the damage both in terms of the 2013 class and in finding someone worthwhile to coach DB's before the 2012 season.

On the other, every shred of stability Dooley could hang onto in a program that's been reeling ever since its season-ending defeat at Kentucky is a huge help, and losing seven assistants in a matter of months -- many of them in moves there's no way other to describe other than "lateral" -- not only erodes that stability, it creates the image of a program that's unstable enough to have its head coach dismissed if things don't turn around.

That image, in turn, does make the program more unstable. Dooley still has plenty going for him, but the lack of confidence shown in him and his program by his now-former assistants has made what already shaped up as a make-or-break season that much more difficult. If there's a coach in the SEC in more dire need of a positive spring camp, we haven't seen him.

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Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Memphis Murder, nice post. You'll have to forgive B1GFAN, he joined yesterday, and wanted to make sure right out of the gate that it is obvious to all readers that he is a complete moron. 



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:39 am
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Dooley seems like a class guy. I'm hopeful this is only coincidental.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:44 am
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

B1GFAN.....please don't tell me you're hanging onto Cornhusker history to make your point.  Who cares what happened in the 80's and 90's?  That was over 2 decades ago.  The Gamecocks continue to make recent history by getting to places they have never been.  An 11 win season is pretty relevant in my book.  Beating Nebraska, the favorite to win, in the bowl most consider the most relevant outside of the BCS bowls by shutting them down after the first quarter is relevant in my book.  Vying for SEC East Champions the past 2 years is relevant in my book.  Beating their in-state rival, Clemson, 3 years in a row is relevant in my book.  Recruiting the top players in the State for 4 years in a row is relevant in my book.  Recruiting more Georgia players than UGA is relevant in my book.  I don't care what happened 10 or 20 years ago.  What happens now is the only thing that counts. 



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:43 am
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

People seem to forget that Fat Phil was given the job after Johnny Majors, a Tn alum, had a heart attack and had to take time off. When he returned that had a few bad games and he was canned in favor of the interm coach. Fat Phil got what he deserved and so has Tn. It always has been a classless program.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Agree 100% vendorz and I'm an Arkansas fan. But, a coach like Fullmer has so much success and then a small bad patch and he is fired. Phil Fullmer is all football coach. He is one of those guys that you can smell football coach on like a cologne when he comes into the room. And, he is a Tennessee alum! It seems to me that when schools fire coaches for the wrong reasons that it takes longer to right the ship. I think it is because if the administration/athletic director was dumb enough to fire a great coach like Fullmer then they aren't smart enought to separate out the winner from the pretenders in finding the next up. It is good for football to have a strong Tennessee football program. But, it doesn't look like that is where the Vols are headed.  



Since: Mar 3, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Gamecock Kid! Please tell me when the Cocks have EVER been relevant! Yeah they beat the Huskers pretty bad that game, but you have no place to say anything about either of these schools until your team does something...anything! Talk about a JOKE! I think you guys JUST started playing on Saturdays didn't you? Go BIG BLUE!!!!!




Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:06 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

The Volunteer football programme is falling apart. It is time for Ole Miss to schedule Tennessee as an annual opponent again!



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:57 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

To me it is a lateral move, maybe a slight move up, but the differences in facilities, athletic department budget, etc is minimal. Nebraska has slightly more recent tradition (i.e. in the last 50 years) , but neither program won their conference in the first decade of this century. There wouldn't have been a significant salary difference between what Nebraska was offering and the Vols were paying.

What was not reported was that Terry Joseph worked on Pelini's defensive staff at LSU as a grad assistant, so there is some history between the two. Additionally Mickey Joseph was a QB at Nebraska and is Terry's cousin. There is family in the area.

Still it does not bode well for Dooley. Staff turnover of this magnitude can kill any momentum that recruiting may have brought. Also, it makes the hot seat hotter. I felt Dooley had at least two more years to turn it around, but I agree that this magnitude of turnover probably makes it a one or done proposition.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

losing seven assistants in a matter of months -- many of them in moves there's no way other to describe other than "lateral" -- not only erodes that stability, it creates the image of a program that's unstable it's pretty much picture next to the definition of instability in the dictionary.

Thank goodness we got rid of Phat Phil Fulmer for fair-weather armchair fans who simply had (and have) no clue how difficult it is to win 75% of your games over a career at the highest level, where - surprise, surprise - the other guys don't just lie down and let you roll over them.
 



Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Terry Joseph is seventh assistant to leave Vols

Gotta get off the sinking ship. UT's football program is in terrible shape. And there does'nt seem to be anyone trying to fix the problem. I see them as an easy win on the schedule for some time to come.


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