SEC: Willie Garza

Kiffin completes his Tennessee staff

January, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

New Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin said he was going to take his time hiring his coaching staff, and he did.

But on Friday, Kiffin put the finishing touches on that staff, reaching agreements with Frank Wilson to coach receivers and Willie Garza to coach the secondary. Wilson had recently been hired at Mississippi State, but chose to reunite with Ed Orgeron at Tennessee. Wilson worked under Orgeron all three seasons at Ole Miss from 2005-07.

Garza was the defensive coordinator at North Dakota State last season and appeared to be headed to New Mexico before latching on with the Vols.

Earlier on Friday, Kiffin reached an agreement with former Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran to coach running backs at Tennessee. Gran also coached special teams at Auburn.

Kiffin's staff is laden with guys who've had success on the recruiting trail in the SEC. He also declined to keep anyone on Phillip Fulmer's previous staff at Tennessee. There was some thought that running backs coach Stan Drayton might be retained, but it appears now that he may end up at Syracuse.

The Vols are expected to pay more than $3 million in salaries for their staff, which doesn't include Kiffin's $2 million salary.

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