What’s going on? Florida State legend Chris Weinke joins the Tennessee coaching staff.
Tennessee Hires Chris Weinke
He’s playing the long con – getting at the program when he wasn’t able to play in the inaugural BCS Championship.
The former Florida State quarterback might have been hurt when his Seminoles faced the Vols in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl – Tennessee won the first BCS title game – and now since he couldn’t beat ’em, he’s joining ’em as the new running backs coach under head man Jeremy Pruitt.
The 2000 Heisman winner – and former minor league baseball prospect – ended up winning a national title with the Noles and played in another national championship before going on to a not-that-awful seven-year NFL career.
“I’m excited to have Chris Weinke on our staff to coach running backs,” Pruitt said. “He has played the game at the highest level and what he has accomplished on the field speaks for itself. … He has a great eye for talent and knows the game on the offensive side of the ball as well as anybody I’ve been around. He will be a great fit for our Tennessee program.”
He worked his way back up the coaching tree, coaching the quarterbacks for the Los Angeles Rams under Jeff Fisher before serving as an analysis for last year’s national title-winning Alabama team.
Eventually, he’s going to be someone’s offensive coordinator – that’s the next step up – but for now, former USC quarterback coach Tyson Helton has the job under Pruitt.
Weinke takes over the job in search of a new option to take over the workload with John Kelly leaving early for the NFL. Tyler Chandler and Carlin Fils-aime were the key backups, but it’s a deep roster of young options who’ll all get a look for a ground game that averaged just 117 yards per game.