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Vols' Jones Nearing Completion of His First Staff

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Butch Jones has been hard at work completing his coaching staff for the Vols.

Knoxville, TN - December 7, 2012: Butch Jones during his press conference at Neyland Stadium. Photo By Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Butch Jones' first staff at Tennessee will have a distinct Cincinnati flavor.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, defensive coordinator John Jancek, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, tight ends coach Mark Elder, defensive line coach Steve Stripling and strength coach Dave Lawson all worked with Jones at Cincinnati. Stripling is the Bearcats' interim head coach for the Dec. 27 Belk Bowl against Duke.

Tennessee officially announced all the staff members Thursday except for the wide receivers coach, a position that remains open.

Jones' staff also includes cornerbacks coach Tommy Thigpen and safeties coach Willie Martinez, who both worked at Auburn this season. The lone holdover from former Vols coach Derek Dooley's staff is running backs coach Jay Graham.

Jones was hired Friday to replace Dooley, who went 15-21 in three seasons.


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