Trooper: "I knew I wasn't gonna be in the mix"

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(WVLT) -- Tennessee wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor spoke at practice for the first time since announcing he was leaving to be offensive co-coordinator at Oklahoma State, saying that after meeting with Phillip Fulmer, he knew he was not going to be seriously considered for UT's vacant offensive coordinator position.

Taylor said he announced his departure Wednesday evening in an emotional meeting with his wide receivers. He also responded to intimations that some players might transfer, saying he would not have recruited them to Tennessee unless he believed it was the best place for them to be, and that Tennessee was going to win plenty of games with those players.

Fulmer also commented on Taylor's departure, saying that while he would miss the energy he provided, he knew Taylor was making a good decision for himself and his family. Now Fulmer must fill another vacancy in his coaching staff, less than a week after offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe announced he was leaving to become head coach at Duke.

Fulmer indicated that he would take his time appointing the new head coaches. "You wouldn't believe how many coaches have contacted me," he said.

"It's a pain because there's so much going on," Fulmer said, "but for every challenge is an opportunity."

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