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Tennessee Promotes Larry Scott to Offensive Coordinator, Hires Mike Canales as Quarterback Coach

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A move based in continuity sees the former Miami interim head coach become Tennessee’s next offensive coordinator.

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Long rumored, now official: Tennessee has promoted Larry Scott to offensive coordinator, replacing Mike DeBord, and hired Mike Canales as its new quarterback coach.

Scott came to the Vols last year after serving as Miami’s interim coach between Al Golden and Mark Richt. He coached tight ends and special teams in 2016, but was reportedly more heavily involved in the offense as the season went along. He never served as offensive coordinator through three years at Miami and eight at South Florida.

Canales was the offensive coordinator at South Florida when Scott was on staff there in 2009 before moving to North Texas and then Utah State. He was the interim head coach at North Texas twice before becoming an associate head coach with RB/TE duties at Utah State. There were certainly more famous names involved in this search, as Ken Dorsey and Chris Weinke were linked to the opening. But obviously they didn’t have the depth of experience of Canales’s 30-year coaching career.

Butch Jones has made significant changes in his defense, hiring Bob Shoop last season, but his offense hires tend to be more conservative. The assumption here is whether it’s Larry Scott, Mike DeBord, or Mike Bajakian, they’re running different versions of Butch Jones’ offense, which was statistically successful last season under DeBord. We’ll see how distinct and how successful Scott’s will end up being with a brand new quarterback; the Orange & White Game is just three months away.