Dave Clawson, apparently.
Obviously, Clawson believes his new gig will move him closer to becoming a Div. 1 head coach someday. In the meantime, he does not view his role at Tennessee as a demotion. He's happy to escape the distractions that go with being a head man and concentrate on the on-field duties of a coordinator. Tennessee's just-concluded spring practice enabled him to relish the interaction with players that attracted him to the profession in the first place.
"It was fun," Clawson said. "When you first get into coaching, you coach football. It's funny but as you climb the ladder – go from position coach to coordinator to head coach – a lot of the things you have to do as a head coach have very little to do with what you do as an assistant. It's really a completely different job."
Clawson discovered as much during five years as head coach at Fordham and four at Richmond. After nine years as an overseer, he is back to his roots – working to make his players the very best they can be.
"When you start coaching, you fall in love with the coaching part of it – the strategy and the relationship with the players," he noted. "After being a head coach for almost a decade, it's been fun to dive into the film room and focus on the strategy."
"When you wear both hats (overseeing the offense AND the defense) you're never as detailed with either of them as you'd like to be," the Vol coordinator said.
"Now that I don't have to wear the other hat (defense), I think we've been able to be more detailed in our teaching.
"And I've enjoyed it."