KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee quarterbacks coach Mike Canales arrived with a lot of energy and optimism on Friday afternoon.
Canales, 55, knows he’s not the so-called “splash” hire that some Volunteers fans might have hoped for, and he takes that as a challenge.
“This is a great chance for Mike Canales,” said Canales, who met UT coach Butch Jones in 1996 when the Vols’ head coach was at Ferris State (Mich.). “Just come watch, you’ll see good things. I believe that.”
Canales agreed to terms with Tennessee for a 2-year deal worth $300,000 annually. The contract expires Feb. 28, 2019.
“I look at things in a positive way, and I’ve never change my approach to how I look at things,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to coach these quarterbacks.
“It will be fun to put a product on the field that Vol Nation will be proud of.”
Jones told SECcountry.com earlier this week that he interviewed “at least 10 different candidates” for the quarterback coach position.
In the end, Jones said, it came down to hiring the right combination of coaches as Larry Scott has also been promoted to offensive coordinator.
Scott played at South Florida when Canales was the offensive coordinator for the Bulls.
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