Although Tennessee has hired Kippy Brown to succeed the departed Frank Wilson as wide receivers coach, the Vols still have a vacancy for a running backs/special teams coach to replace the departed Eddie Gran.
One attractive option might be Gerald Brown, who just happens to be Kippy's younger brother and a highly respected running backs/special teams coach.
Consider his credentials:
- He's a Sweetwater native who has contacts in Memphis, having graduated from Memphis State (now the University of Memphis).
- He knows his way around UT, having served as a graduate assistant and administrative aide for six years (1983-88).
- He has recruiting ties throughout the state, thanks to a 10-year stint as receivers coach at Tennessee Tech (1989-98).
- He served a minority internship with the New York Jets in 1990, working alongside current UT defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
- He served as running backs coach of the XFL's Memphis Maniacs in 2001. (Kippy Brown was the team's head coach).
- He coached running backs at Indiana University from 2002-2007. He doubled as special teams coordinator in 2006-07 and assumd the title assistant head coach in 2007. Under Gerald's guidance, the Hoosiers scored five special-teams touchdowns in 2006. Three of them were produced by Marcus Thigpen, who led the NCAA with a 30.1-yard kickoff return average that season.
- He was hired by the NFL's Atlanta Falcons to coach running backs in 2008. His prize pupil, former LaDainian Tomlinson backup Michael Turner, rushed for 1,699 yards in his first year as a starter and finished second in voting for the league's Most Valuable Player Award.
Given Gerald Brown's bond with Kippy, his history at UT, his ties to the in-state recruiting territories, his familiarity with Monte Kiffin and his impressive coaching credentials, he just might be a candidate to succeed Eddie Gran.