Tennessee Hiring Penn State Assistant Tim Banks As New Defensive Coordinator After Al Washington Turned Job Down

By Dan Hope on February 15, 2021 at 1:05 pm
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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.”

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