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.

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First-ever Tennessee coach to have won the Heisman?