Updated: Tennessee loses two more assistant football coaches

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee has confirmed that defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebacker coach Peter Sirmon are leaving to take similar positions at the University of Washington.

These departures mark the third and fourth coaching changes since the Vols lost to Kentucky on November 26th.

Wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett stepped away from the program in early December.

Also last month, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Eric Russell left Tennessee to take a similar post at Washington State.

Head coach Derek Dooley has already hired Jay Graham away from South Carolina to coach running backs next year.

When asked about the coaching departures Monday night, coupled with a pair of recruits decommitting from UT, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart didn't view the recent developments as negative news for the program. Hart instead said it's just the way things are this time of year.

"It's football. It's college football. If you look around our own conference, there are a lot of people replacing assistant coaches. It's simply that time of year," Hart said before the Vols basketball game against UT-Chattanooga.

"The way I've always viewed that administratively, and I'm sure that Derek (Dooley) very much feels the same way, is that every time you have to go out and seek someone, it's an opportunity. It's an opportunity to get better and that's how we'll view it."


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  • by Richard Location: Bainbridge on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Everything posted here tastes like sour grapes...
  • by Andy Location: Corryton on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    Another VFL let's bring Big Al Wilson home!
  • by Randy Location: Morristown on Jan 2, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    BRING CHAVIS HOME!!!
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      by Michael on Jan 7, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to Randy
      Somebody please help Randy find the marbles he lost! Chavis really?? He should have been fired by UT years before he was.
  • by ron Location: Oak Ridge on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    This is no big loss. I would have FIRED Wilcox after last years LSU game. If you can't count to eleven you shouldn't be coaching little league football, and surely not college football.
  • by jackie Location: kodak on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:17 PM
    WHATS NEXT PLAYERS COACH THIER SELFS Tennessee Football has became a joke I HAVE watched them for over 40 years at this point I could care less The old saying youget what you pay for Thats what we have got Turn loose of some money get us a coach and get TENNESSEE football back to its winning ways Right now its a disgrace
  • by matt Location: maryville on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    Just herd Dooley is resigning tomorrow at 1? Anyone else here that?
  • by zack Location: knoxville on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    I say go ahead and get ride of the moron head coach too and spend the money to get a real coaching staff this time.
  • by Millisa Location: Crossville TN on Jan 2, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    Doesnt suprise me they getting out while the getting is good We need to get rid of Dooley and get a Better Coach that is like Coach Summitt.
  • by marshall Location: fayetteville tn on Jan 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    going down hill fast.
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      by ron on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:34 PM in reply to marshall
      Not going down hill. Just getting rid of dead weight.
  • by Steve Location: New Tazewell TENN on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    This is music to my ears wilcox defence was not SEC caliber
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      by BarkForSark on Jan 3, 2012 at 05:01 PM in reply to Steve
      At least people from the Pac 12 can spell defense.
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