KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Rock Gullikson is on his third day on the job, but already, Tennessee’s new strength and conditioning coach has a plan in place to make the Vols better.
“I want it to be exciting, and I want it to be challenging,” said Gullikson, who comes to the Vols after spending the past 17 years in the NFL, most recently in Los Angeles.
“I want them coming in not knowing what’s to be expected, but knowing we will take them from Point A to Point B.”
Coach Butch Jones, meanwhile, continues to work at restructuring his staff in the wake of Mike DeBord’s departure from the offensive coordinator position.
Larry Scott, who was the interim head coach at Miami at the end of the 2015 season, leading the Hurricanes to a 4-2 record, appears to be the leader in the clubhouse to take over for DeBord.
The Vols also need to hire a quarterbacks coach after graduate assistant Nick Sheridan departed the staff for Central Michigan.
Former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke interviewed, but a source familiar with the NFL QB coach said there are no plans in place for Tennessee to hire him.
On the basketball front, coach Rick Barnes and his BallerVols have a pivotal week ahead with tonight’s home game against South Carolina, and Saturday’s trip to Vanderbilt.
Tennessee is moving forward without explosive-scoring guard Detrick Mostella, who was dismissed from the team late Tuesday night.