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Report: Taggart hires former Vols DC



USF coach Willie Taggart reportedly has filled the final vacancy on his coaching staff with the hiring of former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek.

Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans, citing an anonymous source, reported Thursday evening Jancek will coach safeties, a position overseen last year by former Bulls defensive coordinator Tom Allen.

If true, the hiring would complete Taggart's staff. Earlier this week, the school confirmed veteran assistant T.J. Weist has been hired to replace Ron Dugans (now at Miami) as receivers coach.

A native of Muskegeon, Mich., Jancek's vagabond coaching career has taken him to four Division I programs including UT. He served as Butch Jones' coordinator each of the last three seasons in Knoxville before exiting earlier this month in what was described as a mutual decision.

The Vols finished seventh in the SEC in total defense (362 ypg) in 2015, but blew double-digit fourth-quarter leads to Florida and Oklahoma and allowed opponents to convert 75 percent (18-for-24) of their fourth-down tries.

Upon announcing Jancek's departure, Jones, who also employed Jones on his Cincinnati staff for three seasons, called the decision "the hardest thing I've had to do as a head football coach."

Before joining Jones at UC, Jancek helped guide Georgia to an SEC title and a pair of BCS bowl games in five seasons as Bulldogs linebackers coach (2005-09). He was co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati in 2011 when the Bearcats led the nation in tackles for loss (8.62 per game). 

His complete coaching bio, per UT's official website, can be found here.


[Last modified: Friday, January 29, 2016 8:12am]


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