In what has to be some type of unofficial record for assistant coaching hires in an offseason, Tennessee's Derek Dooley is poised to make his seventh hire since the end of the 2011 season.
The Vols lost defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to Nebraska last week, and are set to replace him with Josh Conklin, who was the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at The Citadel. Conklin and Derrick Ansley will split up the secondary duties next season. Ansley, who was a graduate assistant on Alabama's staff the past two seasons, will coach the cornerbacks.
Conklin, who played linebacker at Dakota State and graduated in 2003, has been on The Citadel staff for the past three seasons. Before that, he coached defensive backs and special teams at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The Vols will have an entirely new defensive staff in 2012. Sal Sunseri, who was previously the outside linebackers coach at Alabama, takes over as defensive coordinator. John Palermo will coach the defensive line, and Ansley and Conklin will coach the defensive backs.