2009 Tennessee Volunteers Football
Coaches NR
2009 record 3-3 (1-2 SEC)
Head coach Lane Kiffin
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin
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The disappointment of the 2008 season, and the departure of Phillip Fulmer and his coaching staff leave many unanswered questions heading into the 2009 season. The hiring of Lane Kiffin and a host of proven assistant coaches, combined with an eventful recruiting season has the buzz amongst Volunteer faithful at an all-time high.


Athletic Director Mike Hamilton and Lane Kiffin.

Joining Kiffin on the Volunteers staff for the 2009 season is a group of proven assistant coaches. On December 31, 2008, Tennessee announced that Lane Kiffin's father Monte Kiffin would be joining the staff as the new defensive coordinator. Monte Kiffin has spent 20+ seasons as a defensive coordinator in the NFL and is the creator of the popular "Tampa 2" defense. Three days later, the Vols announced former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron as the new defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Orgeron and Kiffin worked together at USC from 2002-2004 under Pete Carroll.

On January 17, Tennessee finalized the new staff by announcing the hiring of several more assistant coaches. Jim Chaney (Offensive Coordinator), David Reaves (Quarterbacks Coach), James Cregg (Tight Ends and Tackles Coach), Frank Wilson (Wide Receivers Coach), and Eddie Gran (Running Backs and Special Teams Coach) were all announced to round out the offensive side of the ball. On defense, Willie Mack Garza (Defensive Backs Coach) and Lance Thompson (Linebackers Coach) were also announced.

Schedule Edit

Date Time Opponent UT Rank# Site TV Result
September 5, 2009 12:21 PM Western Kentucky NR Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN SEC Network W 63-7
September 12, 2009 4:00 PM UCLA NR Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN ESPN L 15-19
September 19, 2009 3:30 PM @ Florida NR Ben Hill Griffin Stadium · Gainesville, FL CBS L 13-23
September 26, 2009 7:00 PM Ohio NR Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN Videoseat PPV W 34-23
October 3, 2009 7:45 PM Auburn NR Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN ESPN L 22-26
October 10, 2009 12:21 PM Georgia NR Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN SEC Network W 45-19
October 24, 2009 3:30 PM @ Alabama - Bryant-Denny Stadium · Tuscaloosa, AL CBS -
October 31, 2009 TBA South Carolina - Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN TBA -
November 7, 2009 TBA Memphis - Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN TBA -
November 14, 2009 TBA @ Ole Miss - Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium · Oxford, MS TBA -
November 21, 2009 TBA Vanderbilt - Neyland Stadium · Knoxville, TN TBA -
November 28, 2009 TBA @ Kentucky - Commonwealth Stadium · Lexington, KY TBA -
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Roster Edit


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Tight End


Offensive Guard

Offensive Tackle


Defensive End

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Defensive Back



Coaching Staff Edit

Name Position
Lane Kiffin Head Coach
Ed Orgeron Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach
Monte Kiffin Defensive Coordinator
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
James Cregg Tight Ends/Tackles Coach
Willie Mack Garza Defensive Backs Coach
Eddie Gran Running Backs/Special Teams Coach
David Reaves Quarterbacks Coach
Lance Thompson Linebackers Coach
Frank Wilson Wide Receivers Coach

Recruiting Edit

Spring Practice Edit

Tennessee opened spring practice on March 10, and will conclude with the Orange and White Game on Saturday April 18. The main dilemma to most Vol fans heading into the spring is the quarterback situation. While three quarterbacks saw action in 2008, none of them were able to distinguish themselves in Dave Clawson's system. One of the frontrunners, Nick Stephens, has been sidelined with a wrist injury, leaving the competition primarily between Senior Jonathan Crompton and Sophomore B.J. Coleman.