Adkins named OL coach

Wednesday's announcement that Greg Adkins will be Tennessee's new offensive line coach answers one question but raises several new ones.

The switch of Adkins from tight ends coach/assistant line coach surely means UT no longer will pursue two former Vol line coaches now working in the NFL – Greg Marrone (New York Jets) and Steve Marshall (Houston Texans).

Meanwhile, the Adkins' promotion raises several intriguing possibilities. For instance:

Will he coach the line AND the tight ends, freeing Tennessee to fill its two remaining staff vacancies with a receivers coach and perhaps a special-teams coordinator?

Will UT hire a young coach at an entry-level salary to oversee tight ends, then use the savings as bait to lure Kippy Brown (currently on the Houston Texans' staff) back to Knoxville as receivers coach?

Will Adkins continue to serve as recruiting coordinator or might head coach Phillip Fulmer consider putting someone else in charge of that vital position?

These are among the intriguing possibilities raised by the decision to promote from within rather than bring in a high-priced outsider such as Marrone or Marshall.

Regardless, Fulmer believes the 37-year-old Adkins will do a fine job in his new capacity after sharing the line job the past three seasons with the recently dismissed Jimmy Ray Stephens. Fulmer also believes Adkins will work well in the system being installed by new offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe.

"I'm pleased to have Greg take on the duties as the offensive line coach," Fulmer said in a statement released by the sports information department. "He brings lots of energy and intensity to the position and has a great overall knowledge of offensive strategy. He's an excellent coach and will fit well in Coach Cutcliffe's plans."

Adkins joined the Vol staff in 2003, after coaching at Troy University, Georgia and Marshall. He is a graduate of Marshall who played football for the Thundering Herd from 1986 to 1989.

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