Tennessee’s Inside Linebacker Coach is departing for Michigan.

Brian Jean-Mary, the inside linebacker’s coach for Tennessee, is set to leave the Volunteer football program to assume the same position at Michigan, as per report. This marks Jean-Mary’s return to Ann Arbor, where he served as Michigan’s linebackers coach in 2020 before joining Josh Heupel’s staff at Tennessee.

Having been part of Heupel’s inaugural staff at Tennessee, Jean-Mary’s departure is the first coaching change during Heupel’s tenure in Knoxville. Notably, Tennessee has enjoyed defensive stability under Jean-Mary, with a strong linebacker core contributing to a solid run defense. This move follows running backs coach Jerry Mack’s departure to join the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the offseason, representing the second coaching change for Tennessee.

While Heupel has maintained coaching stability, Jean-Mary’s move is significant as the first defensive coach to leave for a similar position at another college within Heupel’s tenure. The article concludes by noting that a replacement for Mack is yet to be named, leaving uncertainty about whether Heupel will prioritize continuity in the defensive coaching staff.

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