Tennessee expected to hire Brady Hoke as defensive line coach

Oregon Defensive Coordinator Brady Hoke, left, keeps an eye on the clock in the closing moments of the NCAA college football game against Virginia Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee soon could make more changes to its football coaching staff.

In what's been a poorly kept secret in recent weeks, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke is expected to join the Volunteers as their defensive line coach, and an official announcement could come some time this week.

Hoke was 78-70 in four seasons with the Wolverines following coaching stints at Ball State and San Diego State, and he spent the 2016 season as Oregon's defensive coordinator.

During his year away from coaching in 2015, Hoke spent a couple days in Knoxville visiting with the Vols, attending at least one spring practice, and the first two years of his Michigan tenure coincided with Vols' top football administrator Mike Vollmar's time in a similar role with the Wolverines.

Current defensive line coach Steve Stripling, who spent the past eight seasons as one of Butch Jones's top assistant coaches at Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee, is expected to move into another role within the football program.