Derek Barnett’s letter to UT fans, Detrick Mostella dismissed and the hire of Rock Gullickson lead Volunteers news on Rocky Top for Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017.
The college football season is over, but football news is still in full swing on Rocky Top. News about former Vols preparing for the NFL and staff changes on the football program continue to highlight Butch Jones’s team.
At the same time, basketball season is still in full swing, and the Vols got hit with a major curveball in that regard.
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As we get set to bring you today’s news on Rocky Top, we’ve got two points of good news to bring you, both surrounding the football program.
Then we’ve got one point of bad news to bring you surrounding the basketball program. We’ll get to all of it.
But let’s start with this heartwarming football story.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve really thought about my time at the University of Tennessee and the people who have had the biggest impact on me. Playing at a prestigious, SEC program and then having the opportunity to declare for the NFL Draft after three years is a dream come true.
I’d like to thank my teammates. The relationships I’ve built with them will last a lifetime. I’m very grateful to have been able to grow over these last few years with my brothers.
Gullickson fills an opening at UT that has been vacant since last April when former director of strength and conditioning Dave Lawson left in what UT cited as “philosophical differences.” Associate director of strength and conditioning Mike Szerszen assumed many of Lawson’s responsibilities, but Tennessee never filled Lawson’s spot on staff.
According to UT, Gullickson signed a two-year contract worth $375,000 annually. The contract runs through Feb. 28 of 2019. Lawson’s salary at UT was $200,000. Szerszen, who makes $69,340, will remain on staff.