Kiffin's staff at Tennessee could take shape quickly

November, 29, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

It shouldn't take too long for Lane Kiffin's staff at Tennessee to start taking shape.

And if he's able to pull everything off (and if the Vols are willing to fork out the money), Kiffin has a chance to put together a staff with several big names.

At the top of the list is his father, Monte Kiffin, the defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and one of the most respected defensive minds in the game.

Kiffin has also talked to former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron about joining him in Knoxville. Orgeron, now the defensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints, is a relentless recruiter with ties in the Southeast and on the West Coast. He and Kiffin worked together on the Southern California staff earlier this decade.

David Reaves, Kiffin's brother-in-law and the quarterbacks coach at South Carolina, is expected to join the Vols' staff in a similar capacity.

Yogi Roth, a graduate assistant at Southern California, is also one to watch and could come with Kiffin as the Vols' receivers coach.

Other possibilities include Art Kehoe, who was Orgeron's offensive line coach at Ole Miss and before that the offensive line coach at Miami, and Bill Callahan, the former Oakland Raiders and Nebraska coach who's now an assistant on the New York Jets' staff.

In addition, Kiffin may look to hire somebody assigned exclusively to special teams, something Phillip Fulmer never did. The Vols' assistants split up the special teams duties under Fulmer.

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