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UT’s Dooley May Lose 7th Assistant This Offseason

There’s a scene in the movie “Titanic” — which has been running about 10 times a day on HBO recently — where rats are running down a hallway in hopes of finding an exit from the sinking ship.

On a completely unrelated note — yes, that’s sarcasm — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley might be on the verge of losing his seventh assistant coach of the offseason.  If safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph accepts an offer to become Nebraska’s new secondary coach, only Jim Chaney and Darin Hinshaw will remain as holdovers from last year’s Vol staff… and they will both have some new duties as well.

Joseph served as UT’s full secondary coach last year.  Entering the season, the Vols’ DBs were expected to be a strength of the team.  They weren’t.  Last month, UT hired Derrick Ansley — a former GA at Alabama under new UT D-coordinator Sal Sunseri — to take over the cornerbacks, leaving Joseph to focus on safeties alone. 

How Joseph feels about that move will certainly factor into his decision on the Cornhusker job.  As will money.  As will his view of where the Tennessee program is headed as compared to Nebraska’s.

Bo Pelini is looking for a new secondary coach after losing Corey Raymond to LSU earlier this week. 

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Raymond Leaves Nebraska For LSU’s Staff

After initially turning down the chance to interview at his alma mater, former LSU player Corey Raymond is indeed going to leave Nebraska to join Les Miles’ staff as the school’s secondary coach.

“It was the chance to go home,” Raymond told The Lincoln Journal Star.  Still, it took Miles two runs at the ex-Tiger to land him.  The now ex-Cornhusker coach said telling Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was “one of the toughest things” he’s had to do.  “Because he was so instrumental in my career.  He played a big role in getting me to where I’m at now.”

Raymond played at LSU from 1988 through 1991. 

Interestingly, The Journal Star reports that Raymond was “heavily involved in the recruitment of Tre’vell Dixon, and is a longtime friend of the coach of the four-star athlete from Baldwin, Louisiana.”

Ron Cooper left LSU for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers less than a week ago. 

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Another Reminder That Conference Expansion Is Not Just About Football

Throughout last summer’s conference expansion mania, there were thousands upon thousands of fans who believed that football — and football alone — was the driving force behind expansion.

Now that the expansion merry-go-round has stopped for a moment, you continue to hear the occasional talkshow caller ask why the Big 12 doesn’t just bring in TCU and Boise State, for example, to get back to 12 teams.   Some host will point out that those schools don’t offer big, new television markets or aren’t good fits in terms of academics, but the caller will scoff and point to their BCS rankings.

We know this because all summer long in our “Expounding On Expansion” series (you can download it at right) we tried to explain that football was a major reason for expansion but it was far from the only reason.  Everything from academics, to revenue sharing, to television market share, to population demographics played a role in the shifts we’ve seen so far.

For further proof of that, just listen to Bo Pelini.  Today on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Nebraska’s coach was asked if he liked his school’s decision to move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.

“It really wasn’t my decision to make.  That decision went well beyond sports.”

Yes, it did.  The same will be true when the next wave of conference expansion begins, too.


(Sidenote — Is it just me or does Pelini look just a bit like this guy?)

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