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Penn State Football: Banks Reportedly Set to Take DC Job at Tennessee

According to a report by Yahoo Sports, Penn State safeties coach Tim Banks will take on the role as defensive coordinator at Tennessee, ending a five-year stint in State College.

Banks joined James Franklin’s staff in 2016 after a brief tenure at Illinois in addition to time at Maryland. Banks had been a solid addition to the staff under Franklin’s watch, producing a handful of quality safeties including Marcus Allen and Garrett Taylor in addition to Troy Apke and Nick Scott.

A Detroit native, Banks was an asset on the recruiting trail as well, his absence creating a void for Franklin to fill both on and off the field. 2021 four-star safety and Detroit product Jaylen Reed is currently signed with the Nittany Lions. Banks led the way with Reed’s recruitment.

His departure means defensive coordinator Brent Pry and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith are the only remaining assistants from Penn State’s 2017 team.

Banks is the third change of the offseason for Penn State’s coaching staff. He joins tight ends coach Tyler Bowen as the second intentional departure of the year, Bowen taking the same job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Offensive coordinator was the first change of the offseason as Franklin opted to move on from Kirk Ciarrocca after one season and hired former Texas and Ohio State coordinator Mike Yurcich.

It’s unknown who Franklin might tab for the safeties coach position – internally or otherwise – having recently promoted former Nittany Lion and offensive analyst Ty Howle to the tight ends role. Franklin will likely move quick, spring ball hypothetically not far away.

Staff Changes:

  • 2020 offseason: 
  • Kirk Ciarrocca 
  • Tyler Bowen
  • Tim Banks
  • 2019 Offseason
  • Ricky Rahne
  • Sean Spencer
  • Matt Limegrover
  • Gerard Parker
  • 2018 Offseason:
  • David Corley 
  • Phil Galiano
  • 2017 Offseason
  • Joe Moorhead
  • Charles Huff
  • Josh Gattis