McCorvey headed to MSU?

Tennessee football fans should not be surprised if Vol running backs coach Woody McCorvey leaves to become offensive coordinator at Mississippi State under new head man Sylvester Croom.

Croom has requested permission to discuss the opening with McCorvey, and the two are expected to discuss the Bulldog vacancy very soon.

In an earlier interview with Rocky Top News, McCorvey made clear that he very much wants to be a head coach someday, and that the best way to get a head coaching job is to first become a coordinator. So, the position at MSU would be a logical step in his progression toward a head coaching job.

In addition, the Mississippi State job appears to be a great fit for McCorvey. For one thing, he is a lifelong Southerner who has never coached outside the Southeast. Born in Grove Hill, Ala., he attended Alabama State University, then got his masters from West Florida. He coached high school ball in Pensacola for six years. Next came college stints at North Carolina Central, Alabama A&M, Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Both Croom, 49, and McCorvey, 53, are African-Americans. Both are regarded as quality people, as well as quality coaches. Both served as assistants at the University of Alabama, although not at the same time. Croom did so in the 1970s, then moved into the NFL ranks. McCorvey worked at Alabama in the '90s, including a five-year stint (1993-97) as assistant head coach. He was a finalist for the head coaching job at Bama in '98 that ultimately went to Mike Dubose.

McCorvey has been UT's running backs coach since 1999, the year Randy Sanders was promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator.

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