Tennessee Coaching Search

Tennessee appears to be at least a week away from hiring an assistant coach to replace receivers coach Pat Washington.

Kippy Brown, running backs coach for the Houston Texans, has told the Vols no even though he is likely to be fired this season. Brown is confident he will land with another NFL team. He also has one year left on his Texans' contract, meaning he will get another year toward his pension. At present, he needs two more years to reach another level for his pro pension.

The Vols have their eye on three candidates: Mike Grant of Iowa State, Joe Whitt Jr. of Louisville and Curtis Modkins of Georgia Tech. Each is a minority, but the Vols aren't necessarily locked into hiring an African-American to replace Washington, who is black.

Grant is a former backup quarterback at Nebraska who has been at Iowa State since 1998. He has served the past two years as the Cyclones receivers coach.

Whitt's father is a long-time assistant at Auburn. Whitt Jr. was a walk-on at Auburn but took a medical redshirt because of injuries. He coached receivers at The Citadel. He is in his third year as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for Bobby Petrino at Louisville.

Modkins is in his fourth season at Georgia Tech. He coached P. J. Daniels, a walk-on who led the ACC in rushing in 2003. He served as cornerbacks coach at New Mexico and did an internship with the Dallas Cowboys.

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