With the announcement that Tennessee is poised to hire Boise State’s Justin Wilcox as its new defensive coordinator, that pretty much squares the circle. With one or two exceptions (the dude at Army and VanGorder), every other name we saw tossed out during Mark Richt’s period of wandering in the desert after canning Martinez has either stayed at his program and gotten a raise, or gone to a higher profile program… and gotten a raise.
Look for me to track the performances of the various defensive coordinators this fall, primarily to see if they’re able to step up their defenses from the levels of 2009. I just need a catchy name for the series. “Pilgrims’ Progress”? “Kirby’s Smarts”? “Giving Us The Willies”? I’m open to suggestions here, folks.