When Mike Bajakian accepted the opportunity to go back to work for Lovie Smith and likely work with the number one pick in this year's draft as the quarterbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it presented Butch Jones with an opportunity to reevaluate and adjust his staff. Sources in the profession tell FootballScoop that Butch will wrap up a small number of interviews, likely three or four, early this week and we expect a hire to occur in the next 48 hours.
Last night, Butch joined Scott on FootballScoop radio to discuss his search, the opening at Central Michigan (where Butch won 27 games in 3 years....losing only 3 total conference games in three seasons) and how he mentors young coaches and who he has looked to for professional guidance.
Although Butch doesn't get specific about particular names, what you do hear him say is he's looking for best fit with his staff. Things are already moving in the right direction at Tennessee, this is a time to add on to that, not to rock the boat. We expect the hire to be someone Butch is very familiar and comfortable with.
As always, we'll keep you posted on The Scoop as more develops.