Tennessee reached up into Big Ten territory to find its long-awaited defensive coordinator.
Tim Banks, the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Penn State the past five seasons, was tabbed Monday to guide Josh Heupel’s defense for the Volunteers. Banks received his first opportunity at coordinating a defense more than a decade ago from Butch Jones.
… Banks was Maryland’s defensive backs coach in 2006 when he accepted the offer to be a defensive coordinator for the first time with Jones at Central Michigan, a three-year stint that yielded a 27-13 record and a pair of Mid-American Conference championships. He followed Jones to Cincinnati as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach and helped the Bearcats from a 4-8 season in 2010 to a 10-3 mark in 2011.
Heupel spent time at the presser announcing Banks’ hire (3 years, $4.2 million!) talking about “bringing an up-tempo offense to Rocky Top”, so good luck with that, Mr. Banks. Maybe Booch’s trash can is still around.