UT close to hiring new aide

From all indications, Tennessee's next football hire will be a real trooper ... Trooper Taylor.

Taylor, 33, appears on the verge of filling the void on UT's coaching staff created by the recent departure of Woody McCorvey to become offensive coordinator at Mississippi State. Currently the wide receivers coach at Tulane, Taylor is regarded as an outstanding recruiter and one of the rising young assistants in college coaching.

Taylor attended Vol Peach Bowl workouts Monday and Tuesday on the outskirts of Atlanta, solidifying his status as the No. 1 man on Phillip Fulmer's list of coaching candidates.

Since McCorvey coached running backs and Taylor has worked exclusively with wide receivers, Tennessee likely will move Pat Washington from wide receivers to running backs if/when Taylor is added to the staff. Coincidentally, Taylor and Washington worked on the same staff once previously, in 1994 at Baylor.

Should Taylor assume command of UT's receivers, he will have a glut of talent at his disposal. Tennessee's wideout corps in 2004 will include seniors Tony Brown and Derrick Tinsley, juniors James Banks, Chris Hannon and C.J. Fayton, sophomores Jayson Swain and Bret Smith, plus redshirt freshmen Robert Meachem and Bill Grimes.

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