Report: Vols hire Chris Weinke as running backs coach

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt isn’t wasting any time replacing running backs coach Robert Gillespie. GoVols247 reported yesterday, only a day after Gillespie and Tennessee parted ways, that the Vols are replacing Gillespie with former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Chris Weinke.

Weinke spent last year as an offensive analyst for the Alabama Crimson Tide and worked closely with Pruitt. Prior to that, he was a quarterbacks coach for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and the Director of Football at IMG Academy in Florida for five years. He coached current Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough while at IMG.

In his playing days, Weinke won the Heisman in 1999 and led his Florida State team to the 1999 BCS National Championship. He spent six seasons with the Carolina Panthers and one with the San Francisco 49ers.


  1. First-ever Tennessee coach to have won the Heisman?

      • Well, I was asking because I don’t know that’s the case but I don’t remember any others.

        • You are in luck. I had to take my daughter to the dentist and had nothing better to do. There have only been 11 Heisman winners to coach football in any capacity or at any level that I could find. Weinke is indeed the first former Heisman winner to coach at UT. Billy Cannon Sr. did get his DDS from UT while he was still playing for the Houston Oilers but he had no noted connection to the football team that I could find.

          • My first thought was “Wow, only 11 of them went on to coach?” Then I sat back and thought for a second, and looked how many winners there have been, 80 according to Wikipedia (not sure if that includes Reggie Bush’s vacated one).

            So 11 out of 80 (or 81), that’s actually not as surprising. Got to figure a number had no desire to coach after their playing days, either because of the time already invested in the sport in their life already and/or money made and/or other career opportunities. Also, just being a great player doesn’t mean that they’re a great coach too. So yea, 11, I can believe that.

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