Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wilson leaves Vols, Gran could be next
By ESPN.com staff
Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin put together what he called a dream coaching staff last year and boasted about being able to lure top coaches from other staffs.
It looks like the same thing could be happening to him this year.
Receivers coach Frank Wilson left the Vols on Saturday to take a job on the LSU staff as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Wilson, who's from New Orleans and has strong ties to that area, will replace Larry Porter, who was named the Memphis head coach earlier this week.
Wilson received a big pay raise to go to LSU and will make more than $300,000 per year with the Tigers. He was one of the Vols' lowest paid assistants at $150,000 per year.
Tennessee running backs coach and special-teams coach Eddie Gran could be next. He has a chance to join Jimbo Fisher at Florida State in a similar capacity and would also be in line for a big raise. The Seminoles are prepared to pay him $300,000-plus. Gran made $190,000 last year at Tennessee and has been one of the Vols' most valuable recruiters in the state of Florida.