Former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek has reportedly taken a job with SEC East rival Kentucky.
According to a report from Jimmy Hyams, Jancek will be a defensive consultant on Mark Stoops’ staff. He will not be an on-the-field coach.
Former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek hired as defensive consultant by Kentucky. He is not an on-the-field coach.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) July 31, 2017
Jancek was the safeties coach at South Florida last season after being replace by Bob Shoop at Tennessee.
Jancek, who was the original defensive coordinator hire for Butch Jones at Tennessee, parted ways with the Vols following the 2015 season.
“John and I had a long discussion this morning and we both came to the conclusion that it was best to part ways,” Jones said via UTSports.com back when the decision was made. “I want to thank Coach Jancek for his contributions to the University of Tennessee football program the past three years. His hard work and dedication to this program played a major role in our back-to-back bowl wins. These decisions are never easy especially for someone I have worked with at three different schools. We feel strongly about the direction our program is headed and will work diligently to find the best person available to lead our defense.”
Jones referred to letting his friend go as one of the hardest things he’s had to do in coaching.
“Anytime you make a change, it’s very, very difficult,” Jones said. “Obviously, there are relationships that are built. Families are involved and I would tell you this, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do as a football coach.”
Jones and Jancek coached together at three different schools: Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee.
“Sometimes you have to step back and look at everything,” Jones said. “You have a personal side and a professional side. I’m very thankful for Coach Jancek. Coach Jancek has done a very good job for us. Love his family. Love John, but sometimes you have to step back and as a leader you’re forced to make very difficult decisions.
“I just felt that was in the best interest, but John’s a great football coach, a great football mind and I will help him anyway I can because I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his family.”
Family or not, Jancek likely has Oct. 28 circled on his calendar. That’s when the Wildcats welcome the Vols into Commonweath Stadium for what could be a key SEC East matchup.