Uncertainty a reason Eric Russell left UT
Former Tennessee tight ends/special teams coach Eric Russell, who took a job as new coach Mike Leach's special teams coordinator at Washington State in December, said uncertainty at UT contributed toward his decision to leave Derek Dooley's staff.
Russell, who was the second of seven assistants to leave UT since the end of the 2011 season, told the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review that his decision had little to do with the fact that he would be closer to his hometown of St. Maries, Idaho.
"I think at Tennessee, it was going to come down to how many games you won the next year, and unfortunately nobody's got a crystal ball," said Russell, making his first public comments since his departure. "I tried to take the sentimental stuff out of it. A chance to be an assistant head coach and concentrate purely on special teams was a little bit of a unique situation."
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