Former Tennessee OC Mike Bajakian 'had to take' NFL opportunity

Mike Bajakian

KNOXVILLE -- The allure of coaching in the NFL ultimately was too much for Mike Bajakian's to pass up, the former Tennessee offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach said Friday evening in an interview with Knoxville radio station.

During a visit with WNML Radio, Bajakian explained why he left the Volunteers to become the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and reflected on his time with Tennessee and coach Butch Jones the last two seasons.

Bajakian spent three seasons with the Chicago Bears before joining Jones at Central Michigan in 2007, and Lovie Smith, his former boss in Chicago and Tampa Bay's second-year coach, offered him a chance to get back in the NFL ranks.

"It's definitely something that's always been in the back of my mind," Bajakian said.