Some popular names for defensive coordinator are ex-Auburn coach Gene Chizik, TCU assistant Randy Shannon and maybe even San Diego Chargers assistant Joe Barry.
When Lane Kiffin was at Tennessee, many SEC coaches resented Chizik because of his recruiting tactics. Would that affect a potential hiring of Chizik? Would Chizik even want to be an assistant?
Shannon is a big name but does he want to take what could be a one-and-done job with Kiffin on the hot seat next year?
And let’s remember Barry left because of clashes with Monte Kiffin. Would all be forgiven to bring Barry back?