Josh Heupel made a couple of moves to the offensive staff on Friday morning, letting offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke go. The Jeremy Pruitt holdovers were expected departures as Heupel pivots to a completely different scheme in Knoxville.
Chaney was hired by Pruitt following the 2018 season and the departure of Tyson Helton to Western Kentucky. Per this report from Volquest, Tennessee will owe Chaney 1.7 million over the next 11 months, unless he takes another job. The school will owe Weinke $412,500 over the next year.
Tight ends coach Joe Osovet, who actually interviewed with Heupel at UCF a few weeks back, remains on staff for now. Receivers coach Tee Martin’s contract expires on Sunday.
Heupel is expected to add a handful of offensive coaches from the UCF staff to his staff at Tennessee. Quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle and co-offensive coordinator Alex Golesh are reportedly already in Knoxville. Receivers coach Kodi Burns and offensive line coach Glen Elarbee are two other possibilities.
Expect some official announcements on the staff soon, as Heupel will then quickly turn his attention to the recruiting trail.