Tennessee football coach Butch Jones appears ready to make another change to his staff by adding a big name.
Former Michigan coach Brady Hoke is expected to be hired as Tennessee’s defensive line coach, according to 247Sports.
Hoke would be replacing Steve Stripling, who sources told 247Sports will remain in the Tennessee program in some capacity.
Stripling is in the final month of a three-year contract that expires Feb. 28. Stripling’s total pay for the 2016 season was $410,000 with a base pay of $245,000. Stripling has been part of Jones’ staff since he was hired in December of 2012.
Hoke would be the third addition to the coaching staff this offseason.
After offensive coordinator Mike DeBord left to take the same position at Indiana, Larry Scott was promoted to offensive coordinator and Mike Canales was hired as the quarterbacks coach. Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez was fired and replaced by Charlton Warren.
Hoke, 58, would be coming to Tennessee after an unsuccessful one-season stint as the defensive coordinator at Oregon, where Hoke tried to turn the Ducks’ defense around with a new scheme.
Oregon’s defense ranked 126th out of 128 team in scoring and total defense last season, allowing a school-record 41.4 points and 518.4 yards per game. In the season before Hoke arrived, Oregon allowed a then-school record 37.5 points per game.
Known for his defensive line coaching and recruiting abilities, Hoke was fired at Michigan in 2014 after four seasons as coach. DeBord, a sports administrator at Michigan at the time, took over the day-to-day aspects of the football program until Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh.
Michigan’s defense greatly improved in Hoke’s first two seasons, going from 108th in scoring defense and 110th in yards allowed before he arrived to ranking among the top 20 in both categories. Michigan won 11 games in Hoke’s first season and he earned national coach of the year honors.
But Michigan’s win totals steadily decreased and Hoke was eventually fired after finishing 5-7 in 2014. During his four seasons, Michigan went 1-3 in rivalry games against both Ohio State and Michigan State.
Prior to Michigan, Hoke was the coach at San Diego State and his alma mater Ball State. He has a 78-70 all-time record in 12 seasons as a head coach.
Hoke was the defensive line coach at Grand Valley State, Western Michigan, Oregon State and Michigan and the linebackers coach at Toledo.
Hoke signed a three-year deal at Oregon worth a guaranteed $1.8 million. Hoke earned a $3 million buyout after being fired from Michigan.
Brady Hoke coaching career
2016 Oregon Defensive coordinator/defensive ends coach
2011-14 Michigan Head coach
2009-10 San Diego State Head coach
2003-08 Ball State Head coach
2002 Michigan Associated head coach/defensive line coach
1997-2001 Michigan Defensive Line coach
1995-96 Michigan Defensive ends coach
1991-94 Oregon State Defensive line coach
1990 Oregon State Inside linebackers coach
1989 Oregon State Defensive line coach
1987-88 Toledo Outside linebackers coach
1984-86 Western Michigan Defensive line/special teams coach
1983 Grand Valley State Defensive line coach
1981-82 Yorktown High Offensive line/linebackers coach
BY Rhiannon Potkey , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee