Kodi Burns is both returning to the Southeastern Conference and to the state of Tennessee.

The former Auburn University standout-player and assistant coach is joining the University of Tennessee staff, sources confirmed to FootballScoop. Burns already is in Knoxville working.

The Vols and first-year coach Josh Heupel are expected to formally announce Burns’ addition to the Tennessee staff perhaps as soon as today.

As VolQuest.com has reported and sources confirmed to FootballScoop, Tennessee leadership headed by new athletics director Danny White has discussed unveiling the entirety of the new Vols’ coaching staff during Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game featuring the nationally ranked Tennessee team of Rick Barnes against Georgia.

Burns previously worked on Rick Stockstill’s Middle Tennessee State University staff during the 2015 season.

Most recently, Burns served as Auburn’s co-offensive coordinator and passing game coordinator in the 2016-2020 seasons under the just-fired Gus Malzahn.

Burns then was hired last month at Central Florida by Heupel to replace Darrell Wyatt.

A Fort Smith, Arkansas, native, Burns also had earlier stints at Arkansas State and Samford.

Burns on the offensive side of the ball joins additional Heupel staff hires that include Alex Golesh, Glen Elarbee and Joey Halzle. Golesh will coach tight ends and help Heupel run his signature break-neck offense; Elarbee is Heupel’s trusted offensive line coach, and Halzle is, like Heupel, a former Oklahoma quarterback who specializes in coaching signal-callers.

As for the defensive side, well, we’ll see.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest coaching news.

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John Brice has covered college football, mostly in the SEC as well as covering Notre Dame and Ohio State, for more than 20 years. He's a former Tennessee Vols football sideline reporter and believes life should be spent traveling or planning the next trip.