One of the unfortunate realities of the Tennessee Vols‘ success in the SEC is that other programs/NFL franchises are going to poach coaches from head coach Josh Heupel’s staff.
After the 2021 season, Tennessee lost wide receivers coach Kodi Burns to the New Orleans Saints.
Heupel has already lost one assistant after the 2022 season as well. Offensive coordinator Alex Golesh recently became the new head coach at USF.
Golesh had been with Heupel the last three seasons (at UCF in 2020 and at Tennessee the last two seasons). His departure from UT isn’t a total surprise as it was expected that he would get several head coaching looks after the season.
Same thing Josh Heupel told his team when he got hired at Tennessee. And he took the Vols from 3-7 to 10-2 in 2 years. USF fans should trust Alex Golesh on this. pic.twitter.com/yimVhiNQiu— zach ragan (@zachTNT) December 7, 2022
Vols fans will be happy to know that while Golesh had the desire to be a head coach, he didn’t let that desire impact his job at Tennessee. He wasn’t looking ahead to his next job before the season was over.
Golesh told reporters after being introduced as USF’s new head coach that he didn’t take any calls until after the Vols’ regular-season finale against Vanderbilt.
Alex Golesh said today that he refused to take any calls about any jobs until after Tennessee finished the season against Vanderbilt— zach ragan (@zachTNT) December 7, 2022
Waiting until after the season to field calls about a job isn’t something that all coaches do.
Golesh, however, is a first-class guy. It’s not a surprise that he took this approach. Golesh was nothing but great during his time at Tennessee and I’m sure Vols fans will be rooting for him in Tampa.
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