KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee is set to hire former Central Michigan head coach and former Michigan offensive coordinator Mike DeBord as its new offensive coordinator, the Times Free press can confirm.
Mike DeBord's coaching history
1982-83: Franklin College (Indiana) OL
1984-86: Fort Hays State OL ('84), OC/QB/WR ('85-86)
1987-88: Eastern Illinois OL
1988-89: Ball State OL
1990-91: Colorado State OL
1992: Northwestern OL
1992-99: Michigan OL ('92-96), OC ('97-99)
2000-03: Central Michigan HC
2004-07: Michigan ST ('04-05), OC/TE ('06-07)
2008-09: Seattle Seahawks Assistant OL ('08), TE ('09)
2010-12: Chicago Bears TE
2013-15: Michigan (Olympic Sports administrator)
Multiple reports surfaced early Thursday afternoon that DeBord would replace the vacancy left by Mike Bajakian, who left the Volunteers two weeks ago to become the quarterbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.
Tennessee has made no official announcement regarding a hire, though one could come on Friday.
DeBord was the head coach at Central Michigan when current Tennessee coach Butch Jones was a running backs coach and offensive coordinator for the Chippewas. His two stints at Michigan included the Wolverines winning a share of the 1997 national championship and the end of long-time coach Lloyd Carr's tenure in 2007.
After leaving the Wolverines, DeBord spent fives seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, and he's been in an administrative role at Michigan the past two years.
Jones indicated during his signing day news conference on Wednesday afternoon that he was nearing a decision on a replacement.
"I am closing in on an offensive coordinator," he said. "I would expect to have somebody in place hopefully by the end of the week
According to FootballScoop.com, Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni is in line for a pay raise and a new title as part of DeBord's hire.
During a recent radio interview, Jones said the Vols weren't looking to make drastic changes to the up-tempo power-spread he's used throughout his career as a head coach.
Tennessee returns 10 starters, including quarterback Josh Dobbs and tailback Jalen Hurd, from a team that averaged better than 35 points per game the last five games of the season.
"We're not looking for a major overhaul offensively," Jones told Football Scoop Radio. "We're just looking to enhance our system. Going into year three and playing the inordinate amount of freshmen that we had to play last year, now they understand the system.
"The thing we can't do is go backwards and spend our time installing a new offensive system. We have to be able to enhance it, continue to grow and elevate it. That's where we can spend more time on the fundamentals and the fine details of what it takes to play winning football."
More on this story as it develops and in Friday's Times Free Press.