ESPN: Former Auburn defensive coordinator joining Tennessee’s staff

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Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Just a day after the college football season came to an end, a Tennessee Vols alum is reportedly returning to the sideline.

According to ESPN’s Chris Low, former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is joining the UT staff. The news of the 62-year-old coach’s return broke Tuesday afternoon.

Steele is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, after spending his freshman season at Furman, and was a part of Johnny Major’s teams, per Auburn University Athletics. He then was a student assistant coach in 1980, and a graduate assistant in ’81 before moving to outside linebackers coach in ’82.

According to Low’s report, Steele was a finalist in the Vols’ head coach hunt when Jeremy Pruitt was hired.


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