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Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Sunday that offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens and wide receivers coach Pat Washington have been relieved of their duties effective immediately.
“I appreciate everything Jimmy Ray and Pat have done for Tennessee over the years,” Fulmer said. “This was a difficult decision to make, but I feel it is in the best interest for the future of our football program.”
Stephens, 51, spent three seasons at Tennessee after a nine-year stint coaching the offensive line at Florida. Prior to his tenure in Gainesville, he spent 13 years in the Florida high school coaching ranks.
Washington, 42, joined the Tennessee staff in 1995. Prior to coming to Knoxville, he served as running backs coach at Baylor and as wide receivers coach at TCU and Southwestern Louisiana (now Louisiana-Lafayette).
Stephens and Washington both have contracts through June 30, 2006, and all terms will be honored. A search for replacements begins after a new offensive coordinator is named.
More changes appeared imminent after the mid-season resignation of offensive coordinator Randy Sanders.