SAD NEWS: Tennessee Vols announced departure of six key players

RB Baker reacts to Mack’s departure,’reassured’ after speaking with Heupel.
Tennessee’s running back commitment Justin Baker of Buford, Ga., weighs in on former Vols running back coach Jerry Mack’s departure for the NFL.
Justin Baker was caught off guard Monday when he learned that Tennessee running backs coach Jerry Mack was leaving for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. However, it has not caused him to reconsider his commitment to the Vols.

Despite the departure of Mack, Tennessee’s running backs coach for the previous three seasons, the Class of 2025 running back from Buford (Ga.) High School said he is still “locked in with Tennessee.” Mack left earlier this week to become the Jaguars’ running backs coach, and the Vols are now looking for his replacement.

The 5-foot-9.5, 205-pound Baker, who returned to Tennessee on February 3 for the school’s first junior day of the year, said he’s “definitely eager to see who” will be hired to coach the Vols running backs. However, Baker said he spoke with Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel and senior offensive analyst Max Thurmond this week, and Heupel reaffirmed Baker’s importance to the Vols, which “really reassured” him.

READ MORE: Takeaways: Connell and Tears lead Tennessee over North Carolina in Omaha.

Kirby Connell and Kavares Tears lead Tennessee baseball over North Carolina in the Men’s College World Series in Omaha. Here are GoVols247’s takeaways from the Vols victory.
OMAHA, Nebraska — In the sixth inning of Sunday night’s 2024 Men’s College World Series game between Tennessee and North Carolina at Charles Schwab Field, Kirby Connell entered from the bullpen.

The fifth-year senior was once again tasked with getting the Vols out of a jam, as he has been asked to do throughout his career. Connell inherited runners at first and second with no outs in a three-run game.


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