Vols' Wilcox ponders move to Texas

December, 20, 2010
12/20/10
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Tennessee could be on the verge of looking for a new defensive coordinator if Justin Wilcox follows through and takes the defensive coordinator position at Texas.

The Longhorns are looking to replace Will Muschamp, and Wilcox is at the top of their list. The Vols will likely know within the next 24 to 48 hours if Wilcox is indeed gone.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley wasn't commenting on the situation Sunday night, but the Vols practice Monday. Wilcox came to Tennessee from Boise State and received a three-year contract worth $1.875 million. His deal at Texas could approach $1 million per year and possibly even more. Muschamp was making $900,000 per year before leaving for the Florida head-coaching job.

Dooley said last week that he didn't anticipate any changes on his staff and will no doubt do what he can to keep Wilcox, whose defense held opponents to 14 points or fewer during the Vols' four-game winning streak to end the regular season.

One of the things that could definitely kill the deal is if Texas demands that Wilcox make the move before Tennessee's bowl game. That shouldn't be an issue, though, because the Vols play North Carolina Dec. 30 in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

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