Norvell promoting Clune to linebackers coach

By Published: January 09, 2019 7:00 PM CT

Head coach Mike Norvell is completing his staff by promoting senior defensive analyst Kevin Clune to linebackers coach, according to a source.

Clune joined the Tigers as a Senior Defensive Assistant in March after he was fired from Oregon State when Gary Anderson left. The Beavers defense saw improvements in two seasons under Clune, including two players picking up Pac-12 honorable mentions. 

The linebacks coach position opened after Scott Symons departed to join Hugh Freeze's staff at Liberty. He coached the Tigers for one season after joining the staff from West Georgia. 

Senior Curtis Akins was the only linebacker who graduated from the inside linebacker group. Tim Hart, JJ Russell and Keith Brown Jr. all return for the Tigers next season. 

Jackson Dillon finally graduated, but Bryce Huff still headlines Norvell's outside linebacker group. The Tigers also injected talent into this group with their Class of 2019. 

The coaching staff stands at 10 and Norvell has completed his search for assistants. Some roles remain unclear pending a formal announcement. Defensive coordinator Adam Fuller could take over former DC Chris Ball's oversight of safeties. Wide receiver coach John Simon could hold an additional title as well.

Clune could coach both inside and outside linebackers or one or the other. Norvell has split duties between two coaches in his three seasons at Memphis. 

Complete Tigers Staff: 

Mike Norvell - Head Coach

Ryan Silverfield - Deputy Head Coach, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach and Run-Game Coordinator

Kevin Johns - Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach

Adam Fuller - Defensive Coordinator

Pete Lembo - Special Teams Coordinator

John Simon - Wide Receivers Coach, Recruiting Coordinator and Passing Game Coordinator

Anthony Jones - Running Backs Coach

Tony Tokarz - Tight Ends Coach

TJ Rushing - Defensive Backs Coach

Deke Adams - Defensive Line Coach

Kevin Clune - Linebackers Coach


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Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan was born and raised in Memphis, graduated from the University of Memphis and has covered the Memphis Tigers for three years. When he's not writing, he enjoys golfing and eating barbecue.

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