On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will be leaving the Vols to take the same gig with Indiana.
DeBord spent the last two seasons at Tennessee. This year, the Vols averaged 443 yards per game, which ranked 40th in the nation. In 2015, Tennessee averaged 422 yards per game, ranked 50th in the nation, so there was a little improvement in DeBord’s short time at Tennessee.
This year, Tennessee scored 473 points and 63 touchdowns, the most ever in a single season for them.
This opens up an offensive coordinator position in Knoxville, and former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich is still looking for an employer. The rumors are already starting to swirl around Helfrich heading to Tennessee, as the former Oregon coach visited one of Tennessee’s practices before the Music City Bowl.
Before DeBord left Tennessee, Helfrich’s name was still linked to the school, but as a quarterbacks coach instead. During his time at Southern Oregon, Helfirch was a NAIA All-American quarterback, setting the school records for passing yards, touchdowns, and total offense in 1993.