Pruitt on Helton: 'I expect he will do a great job at WKU.'

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Western Kentucky University named former Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton their new head coach Tuesday.

Vols' head coach Jeremy Pruitt said Helton will do a "great job at WKU."

"Congratulations to Tyson Helton on being named the head coach at Western Kentucky," Pruitt said in a statement. "I'm grateful to Tyson for the hard work he put in this season and his help in setting the foundation for future success at the University of Tennessee. Tyson is an outstanding coach. I wish him the best and I expect he will do a great job at WKU."

WVLT Sports Director Rick Russo said this means Tennessee is headed toward a fifth offensive coordinator in six years.

As first reported by WVLT Sports contributor and senior writer Chris Low, Tyson emerged as the leading candidate to take over as WKU's head man Sunday night.

WKU announced Sunday the termination of Mike Sanford. Sanford spent two seasons with the Hilltoppers. He leaves with a 9-16 overall record, 6-10 in Conference USA play.

Helton just completed his first season as offensive coordinator on Pruitt’s staff.