Another Update On Tennessee’s Coaching Staff

As many of you may have noticed it’s been about 12 days since my last post, you may have also put two and two together to figure out that this just about dates back to my Colts early exit from the NFL Playoffs. Last year when we lost to the Chargers in the playoffs, Peyton later mentioned that he didn’t even see Eli’s NFC Championship victory the following week because he takes a week or so to let himself get over the final loss of the season without thinking or worrying about football. I decided to follow in his footsteps and did my best to not think about sports for a whole week after that miserable Saturday. I was planning on my return post being about Tony Dungy’s retirement, but then I got sick, so here I am now almost another week gone, writing a completely different post. But enough with the excuses, let’s get down to it.

Two weeks ago I wrote a post dissecting the coaching staff that Lane Kiffin is putting together for our beloved Tennessee Volunteer Football Team. Well the word is that Lance Thompson will be added as another new member to the group today. I believe he will be taking up the vacant Linebackers Coach position on the Tennessee staff, but don’t hold me to that. To read more about the exciting news, read this great piece by the Ghost over at 3SIB, and because he covered that side of it extremely well, I’ll just give you Coach Thompson’s history, as I did with all of the other coaches in my previous post on the subject.

Linebackers Coach: Lance Thompson, 43 – In 1987 Thompson graduated from The Citadel. This is important because it tells us he knows how to work hard, and he knows how to get others to work hard. After graduating Thompson was hired by Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant in 1988, and from ’88 to ’91 he coached the defensive ends, including Marco Coleman, and in the 1990 season the Yellow Jackets won the National Championship. He remained a member of the Yellow Jacket staff through the 1998 season. During that time he served many different positions on the staff, including Directory of Football Operations, Recruiting Coordinator, Tight Ends Coach, and Defensive Line Coach. After his time at Georgia Tech, Thompson went to Alabama as  Defensive Line coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He then went to another SEC team, and became the Assistant Head Coach at LSU from 2002 to 2003 where he also was in charge of recruiting and being the Tight Ends Coach. The three years after that Thompson took the role of Defensive Coordinator at Central Florida, where he helped build a young and successful squad. In 2007 he returned to Alabama, this time as the Linebackers Coach and in February 2008 was named National Recruiter of the Year. That’s the big thing to keep in mind. Less than a year ago, he was named National Recruiter of the Year.

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  1. […] I was planning on my return post being about Tony Dungy ’s retirement, but then I go sick, so here I am now almost another week gone, writing a completely different post. But enough with the excuses, let’s get down to it. …[Continue Reading] […]

  2. […] staff despite the fact that there were still quite a few vacant positions. Two weeks later, I wrote another post to bring more news of the Tennessee coaching staff but there were still vacancies. Then, shortly after that the complete coaching staff was in place, […]

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