KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Peyton Manning’s role with Tennessee is on the athletic director search committee, but could the former NFL and Vols star also be helping fill out the football staff?
Tennessee appears headed toward hiring Larry Scott as the offensive coordinator, an internal promotion for the former tight ends coach and special teams coordinator after he came to the Vols by way of an interim head coaching position at Miami in 2015.
Promoting Scott to offensive coordinator would put coach Butch Jones in position to hire a quarterbacks coach, and to this point, the name that has kept popping up is Mike Canales.
The 55-year-old Canales is currently the running backs and tight ends coach at Utah State after a six-year stint at North Texas where he was the quarterbacks coach and twice interim head coach.
One would think Manning, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, could at least help Jones identify or attract other names to Tennessee.
Jones has said he has good relationship with the Vols’ all-time passing leader, and Manning has lent his support to Tennessee football for years, coming back in offseasons to work out with and tutor UT’s quarterbacks.
Manning, through his NFL career and annual involvement with the Manning Passing Academy, could perhaps locate a top-flight quarterbacks coach with some name recognition if Jones were to reach out and ask for assistance.
Jones is looking to enhance what has proven to be a successful scheme on offense, but mostly, a coach who can develop the already promising blue-chip talent the Vols have at the QB position and attract other top-flight recruits.
What next for basketball?
Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward also discussed on the daily podcast Tennessee’s difficult setback late Tuesday night on the road at Ole Miss, and how it affects the program’s team goals moving forward.
The Vols led by 13 points with 15 minutes left in Oxford before dropping an 80-69 decision to the Rebels.