December 8th, 2011 01:56 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: John Gambadoro, Manny Diaz, Tennessee Justin Wilcox, WAC
Yesterday, it looked like June Jones had the Arizona State job in hand. Rumors hit the messageboards that Jones would target a top defensive coordinator so he could focus on his offense and the name that got the most play was that of Tennessee’s Justin Wilcox.
A day later, Jones is heading back to SMU with his tail between his legs and Wilcox is reportedly a hot candidate for the head coaching job himself.
John Gambadoro of KTAR-AM in Phoenix tweeted the following this afternoon:
“While its impossible to determine how many cooks are in the ASU kitchen — I am being told that Tenn DC Wilcox is a frontrunner for the job”
Wilcox is a West Coast guy having played at Oregon and coached at California and Boise State. Derek Dooley — who had coached against Wilcox in the WAC — lured him to Knoxville where in his second year he had Tennessee ranked #28 in the nation in total defense and #35 in scoring defense. Not bad considering the youth and inexperience on UT’s roster.
Last offseason, Texas made a run at Wilcox before settling on Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator.
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