Bulls announce Jancek hiring
USF's hiring of former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek, widely reported last week, was confirmed by the school Monday afternoon.
As expected, Jancek will coach safeties, a position overseen last season by former Bulls defensive coordinator Tom Allen.
"John brings a tremendous amount of experience and football knowledge to our program and our players are going to love working with him," Coach Willie Taggart said in a USF news release.
"We’re excited to add his background and input to the defensive foundation we have begun building and I look forward to his working with the very talented group of safeties we have returning."
Jancek, a Michigan native who played at Division II Grand Valley State, has been a coordinator at seven different colleges of varying size. In three seasons at Tennessee, the Vols gradually improved from 83rd to 36th nationally in total defense, and went from 78th to 16th in scoring defense. The 19 points UT surrendered to Alabama last fall were the fewest allowed by a Crimson Tide foe.
But the Vols squandered double-digit fourth-quarter leads to Florida and Oklahoma, and lost leads against 'Bama and Arkansas. They also took a moderate dip in pass defense, falling from 22nd nationally in passing yards allowed in 2014 (196.2) to 47th (210.4) this past season.
Nonetheless Jancek, reportedly the highest-paid UT assistant coach ($520,000 annual base salary), represents a coup of sorts for Taggart, who brings more SEC experience to his staff (QBs coach David Reaves was an assistant at South Carolina) and gives first-year coordinator Raymond Woodie a veteran sounding board.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to join the USF staff and be a part of the program Coach Taggart is building in Tampa," Jancek said in the USF release. "The future looks very bright for this program and I am looking forward to working with some very talented players in our secondary."