Even though Al Washington decided to stay at Ohio State, Tennessee will still be hiring a Big Ten East assistant coach as its new defensive coordinator.
Tennessee officially hired Penn State co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks to be the Volunteers' new DC on Monday.
Banks, a Central Michigan alumnus who was previously the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, the co-defensive coordinator at Cincinnati and the defensive coordinator at Illinois, had been at Penn State for the past five years. He was Penn State's top-ranked recruiter for the class of 2021.
According to Football Scoop's John Brice, Banks is “finalizing a three-year deal worth an average of more than $1.2 million per season.”