Greg Adkins joins football staff

On Tuesday afternoon, Head football coach Phillip Fulmer hired Greg Adkins to join his coaching staff and replace Mike Barry as an offensive line coach.

Adkins had been with the Troy State staff since 2000. Prior to that he was with Jim Donnan at Georgia. Greg played his college football as a member of the Marshall Thundering Herd.

The plan seems to be for Adkins to coach the tight ends and assist with the offensive line. The move seems to look like Jimmy Ray Stephens will take over Mike Barry's former position as THE offensive line coach with Adkins assisting him. Stephens handled the tight ends and tackles last season.

It also appears that Adkins will be taking some of Dan Brooks load as recruiting coordinator. Adkins could possibly take over the northeastern recruiting where Mike Barry was looking at prospects. What his exact duties will be, remains to be seen.

Here is Mike Griffith's article on Greg from this morning's Knoxville News Sentinel:
Adkins waiting, hopes for best

Troy State offensive line coach Greg Adkins has had a lot on his mind during the past two weeks.

"We're putting in a new offense and a new defense here,'' Adkins said. "I'm also the recruiting coordinator, so I've got those responsibilities as well.

"And certainly, I've been thinking about the interview I had at Tennessee.''

Adkins, 34, was one of the first candidates UT coach Phillip Fulmer interviewed for the vacancy created when guards and centers coach Mike Barry resigned on Jan. 9.

Fulmer said Monday he doesn't plan to interview any other candidates, and he hopes to announce a hire by Thursday.

The others who have interviewed are Russellville (Ala.) High School coach Perry Swindall, University at Buffalo running backs coach Brian Polian, former Baylor receivers coach Dale Steele and Louisiana-Lafayette linebackers coach Shawn Quinn.

Many believe Adkins is the front-runner for the position. A look at his background and resume shows why.

Adkins was picked by former Marshall and Georgia coach Jim Donnan to join the Thundering Herd coaching staff after earning All-Southern Conference honors as an offensive lineman his senior year of 1989.

"I started out as a student assistant on the staff while I was finishing my undergraduate work,'' Adkins said. "That was back when they had restricted-earnings coaches.''

Adkins was quickly promoted to a full-time position and ended up spending 10 years at Marshall as a player and coach. In 1996, Donnan brought Adkins with him to Georgia, where he served as the defensive line coach (1996-97) and tight ends/offensive line assistant (1998-2000).

Adkins also stayed busy recruiting. Among the many players he signed at Georgia were current Carolina Panthers linebacker Will Witherspoon and projected first-round draft picks George Foster and Boss Bailey.

Three of the four tight ends he coached with the Bulldogs went on to NFL careers, most recently, Randy McMichael.

Some were surprised when Georgia coach Mark Richt didn't retain Adkins after Donnan was fired following the 2000 season. Not only was Adkins a promising young coach on a staff that had gone 40-19, but he also has strong family values. Adkins is married to his high school sweetheart and has two young boys and another child on the way.

The only Donnan assistant Richt kept on staff was recruiting guru Rodney Garner.

"I'm thankful to have had the opportunities I've had,'' Adkins said. "Coach (Larry) Blakeney has been good to me here and given me a great opportunity. I'll keep working hard, but yeah, I'm sure I'll think about (Tennessee).''

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