Kiffin completes staff

The additions of Frank Wilson, Eddie Gran and Willie Mack Garza earlier today completed Lane Kiffin's initial Tennessee football staff.

None of the assistants from Phillip Fulmer's 2008 UT staff are being retained.

Wilson coached Southern Miss running backs in 2008, agreed to join Dan Mullen's Mississippi State staff on Dec. 30 but reneged on that deal and opted for Tennessee 17 days later. Wilson was running backs/assistant special teams coach for Ed Orgeron at Ole Miss from 2005 through '07. Prior to that he served as head coach at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans (2000-03).

Gran coached Auburn running backs the past 10 years before leaving as part of the staff exodus that followed Tommy Tuberville's resignation. Gran also was Tuberville's running backs coach at Ole Miss for five years (1994-98). Gran's proteges include NFL backs Ronnie Brown, Carnell Williams, Kenny Irons, Brandon Jacobs, Heath Evans and Deuce McAllister. Gran also has ties to Orgeron, having served as a grad assistant at Miami (Fla.) while Orgeron was defensive line coach there.

Garza coached defensive backs at North Dakota State the past four years. Before that he was secondary coach at Texas Christian (2001-03) and at Western Michigan (1997-2000). As a player he was a four-year starting defensive back at the University of Texas.

For what it's worth, Wilson and Garza are African-Americans. The rest of Kiffin's staff is white.

Nothing is official at this point but here is the likely breakdown of staff duties:

- Quarterbacks coach: David Reaves

- Running backs coach: Eddie Gran

- Wide receivers coach: Frank Wilson

- Offensive line coach: James Cregg

- Tight ends coach: Jim Chaney

- Defensive coordinator: Monte Kiffin

- Defensive line coach: Ed Orgeron

- Linebackers coach: Lance Thompson

- Defensive backs coach: Willie Mack Garza

Gran doubled as special teams coach at Auburn from 2000 through 2008, so he's the logical choice to handle that duty at Tennessee. Wilson was assistant special teams coach at Ole Miss from 2005 through '07, however, so he's a viable option, as well.


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