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New Tennessee football coach Heupel brings 3 UCF assistants
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Published: 2/15/2021  at  4:53:09 PM
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) New Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel is bringing three offensive assistants with him from the UCF staff.

Heupel, who coached UCF from 2018-20, made the announcement Monday.

Tennessee's offensive coordinator will be Alex Golesh, who was UCF's co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach in 2020. He previously spent four seasons as Iowa State's tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator.

Quarterbacks coach Joey Halzle and offensive line coach Glen Elarbee held the same positions at UCF. Both also used to work with Heupel at Missouri.

Elarbee was UCF's offensive line coach from 2018-20 and also filled that role at Middle Tennessee, Houston, Arkansas State and Missouri. Halzle worked as an offensive analyst at UCF in 2019 before becoming quarterbacks coach in 2020.

Heupel's staff also includes Kodi Burns as wide receivers coach and Jerry Mack as running backs coach.

Burns coached receivers at Auburn from 2016-20 and also was passing game coordinator from 2019-20. He played on Auburn's 2010 national championship team.

Mack was Rice's offensive coordinator from 2018-20 after serving as North Carolina Central's head coach from 2014-17.

Heupel was the first major hire of new Tennessee athletic director Danny White, who formerly held the same position at UCF. Tennessee fired former coach Jeremy Pruitt on Jan. 18, the same day athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced he was retiring.

UCF has hired former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn as its new football coach.


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