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Tennessee could be on the verge of losing its seventh assistant coach since the end of last season.
Defensive backs coach Terry Joseph was mulling an offer from Nebraska on Thursday to coach the Huskers' secondary. Joseph was scheduled to meet with Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on Thursday night and is expected to finalize his decision on Friday.
The Huskers' secondary job came open after Corey Raymond left earlier in the week to take the LSU secondary job. Ironically enough, Joseph's name had also been mentioned in connection with the LSU job. Joseph is from the New Orleans area and was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2006 when he worked under Bo Pelini, who was the LSU defensive coordinator at the time before being hired as Nebraska's head coach following the 2007 season.
Joseph came to Tennessee with Dooley from Louisiana Tech and has also served as the Vols' recruiting coordinator. Joseph and new Tennessee assistant coach Derrick Ansley were scheduled to divide the secondary coaching duties next season. Joseph was going to coach the safeties and Ansley the cornerbacks.
Already, Dooley has had to replace six assistant coaches since the Vols' 10-7 loss to Kentucky to end the 2011 season. If Joseph bolts for Nebraska, that would mean Tennessee would have an entirely new defensive staff next season and only offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and receivers coach Darin Hinshaw would remain from Dooley's original staff when he took the job in 2010. Chaney was a holdover from Lane Kiffin's staff.
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