Tennessee staying in-house to fill assistant opening

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Jeremy Pruitt is not looking far to fill out his coaching staff at Tennessee. Heck, he might not even have to look outside his staff meeting room.

According to a number of reports, Pruitt is set to elevate Joe Osovet from an off-field role to the Vols’ new tight ends coach.

The elevation of Osovet is expected to result in the shift of Brian Niedermeyer to linebackers coach. While he had coached tight ends the past two years on Rocky Top, he came up through the ranks as a graduate assistant under Pruitt at Alabama.

Moving Niedermeyer to make room for Osovet would be a corresponding move following Kevin Sherrer leaving for the NFL.

Osovet is a former junior college head coach out of New York who has been on the player development staff at Tennessee the past two years. He’s expected to have input on the offensive game plan given his strong background with run-pass options.

Once Osovet’s move is made official by the school, that should round out the 2020 staff in Knoxville after former Vol tailback Jay Graham  was recently named RB coach.