Butch Jones announced Friday that he had filled two more coaching jobs on the Tennessee staff. Both of the jobs are on the offensive side of the ball. For Offensive Coordinator, Jones promoted former Tennessee Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator Larry Scott to the offensive play-calling position. And for quarterbacks coach Jones hired Mike Canales, formerly the Utah State assistant head coach/tight ends/running backs coach.
Larry Scott, the new Offensive Coordinator, brings 15 years of coaching experience. Although the 40-year-old Scott noted during his introductory press conference, “I’ve been preparing for this role for 40 years.” Scott also mentioned that his experience as the interim Miami Hurricanes head coach in 2015 would help him in his new role with the Vols. Head Coach Butch Jones spoke Friday saying, “We spoke to a lot of very quality candidates… we feel strongly about our offensive staff and that Larry Scott is the best fit moving forward to lead the unit.” Jones also noted that Scott’s experience with the offensive game-planning for the Volunteers in 2016 would benefit him as Offensive Coordinator. Since Scott worked not only as the Tight Ends Coach but the Special Teams Coordinator in his former role with the Vols in 2016, Jones recently added Charlton Warren as the new Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach.
As for Mike Canales, the new Vols Quarterbacks Coach, he brings 32 years of coaching experience to Tennessee. Canales was interestingly the interim Head Coach for North Texas in 2015 when they lost to Tennessee by a score of 24 to 0. During his 32-year coaching career Canales has a lot of experience with the passing game. He coached USF’s all-time leading passer, North Texas’ all-time leading passer, and NFL star Phillip Rivers when Rivers and Canales were at NC State. Of the 32 years in coaching, Canales has spent 23 of those years as an Offensive Coordinator, and during his college days at Utah State he was a quarterback. Butch Jones also commented about Mike Canales on Friday saying, “I’m also really excited about adding Mike Canales to our staff. Mike has recruited, coached, and developed numerous quarterbacks at the collegiate level. He will be of great benefit to our players and staff with his extensive experience and knowledge of the quarterback position.”
With that, two vital positions on the Tennessee staff have been filled, and both new coaches are very important for the Tennessee offense going into 2017.