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UT Hires Former South Florida Strength Coach

Tennessee now has its fifth strength coach since November of 2008 as Derek Dooley has hired Ron McKeefery, a former strength coach at South Florida.  McKeefery worked with the Bulls for 11 seasons before leaving to work with the US Army Special Forces unit.  (He could tell you what he did there, but he’d have to kill you.)

“Ron has a track record of proven success in the South over a sustained period of time and is a man of high character and integrity who views Tennessee as a program with unlimited potential,” Dooley said via press release.  “We are excited to add a strength and conditioning coach of Ron’s caliber and background to our football program, and we believe his efforts and intensity will play a critical role in our programs’ return to a perennial championship contender.”

McKeefery replaces Bennie Wylie who became the strength and conditioning coach at Texas two weeks ago.

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Hogs’ Klenakis In Line For Texas Job?

It appears that Mack Brown has decided to scare the wits out of every program in the SEC this offseason.  Maybe he’s upset that Will Muschamp left for the league and he’s trying to exact revenge.

Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis is believed to be one of five finalists for the same position on Texas’ staff.  Klenakis just finished his first season in Fayetteville after spending six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Nevada.

Arkansas was the only school in the country to have a 3,700-yard passer and an 1,100-yard rusher.

Texas has already hired Bo Davis from Alabama as its new defensive tackles coach and Bennie Wylie from Tennessee as its new strength and conditioning coach.

Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin were also believed to have been on Brown’s list of potential job candidates at one point or another.

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UT Strength Coach Wylie Heads To Texas is reporting that Tennessee strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie is heading to the Lone Star State to take over as Texas’ new S&C coach.  Wylie is a Texas native who came to Tennessee from Texas Tech last offseason. — the Rivals site that covers Tennessee — reports that Wylie was a quick hit with UT players upon his arrival. 

Now Derek Dooley will set out to replace him.  That replacement will be Tennessee’s fifth strength and conditioning coach in the past four years. 

(Sidenote — It’s hard to type up a coherent post while also doing a radio show.  Sorry for typos and bungles.)

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UT Looking At UT’s Strength Coach?

By now everyone is well aware of the turmoil and turnover in Tennessee’s football program since 2008.  Three head coaches in three years.  Player attrition with each coaching change.  New assistants.  New recruiting connections to be made.

But no single area of the Vols’ program has gone through as much change as the strength and conditioning program.  Get this:

1.  S&C coach Johnny Long loses his job in 2008 when Phillip Fulmer’s staff is cleaned out.

2.  Lane Kiffin hires Mark Smith away from South Carolina to replace Long.  But in May of 2009 — just six months into their relationship — Smith and Kiffin part ways.

3.  A month later, Kiffin hires a former Tennessee track All-American to serve as the Vols’ new strength coach.  Aaron Ausmus is on UT’s campus until January 2010 when Kiffin and much of his staff head to Southern Cal.

4.  A few weeks later, Derek Dooley takes the reins in Knoxville and he hires former Texas Tech S&C coach Bennie Wylie.

Now Wylie is being mentioned as a potential target of Texas’ Mack Brown.

Wylie is a Texas native.  He played at Sam Houston State.  His coaching stops prior to Tennessee were at his alma mater, the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Desperadoes (AFL), and Texas Tech.

The folks at caught up with him yesterday while he was visiting family (also in Texas).

“I have not been contacted,” Wylie said.  “It would be an honor because Texas is one of the premier universities but I have not heard from Texas.”

Dooley should hope that it stays that way or else his team might have to get used to its fifth new strength coach since November of 2008.

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