Eddie Gran's success coaching the running game and his familiarity with the Southeastern Conference made him a key component for head coach Lane Kiffin's initial Tennessee staff.
Gran spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant under Tommy Tuberville, first at Mississippi and then Auburn. Gran coached running backs at both stops and added special teams duties to his Auburn assignment. He coaches running backs and special teams at Tennessee.
If he produces the same success in the offensive backfield that he has for the past decade, Vols fans are in for a treat. Seven NFL running backs tutored under Gran at some point in their careers, among them Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Rudi Johnson and Deuce McAllister. Williams was an All-America at Auburn and earned 2005 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, while Brown and McAllister were NFL first-round picks and Johnson earned 2000 SEC Player of the Year.
Brown, Johnson and McAllister all have played in the Pro Bowl.
Other former Gran-coached professionals who have earned elite status include John Avery, who went from Ole Miss to the NFL to stardom in the Canadian Football League; and Brandon Jacobs, an Auburn Tiger who has compiled back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the New York Giants.
Under Gran's guidance, Williams set the Auburn career record for rushing touchdowns and teamed with Brown to help Auburn lead the SEC in scoring offense in 2004. Kenny Irons picked up the following year where those two left off by gaining 1,205 yards - the fifth time in six years Gran coached a 1,000-yard running back.
Gran also produced an SEC Special Teams Player of the Year in Auburn kicker John Vaughn, who won the award in 2006. That same season, Gran's special teams units led the SEC in kickoff coverage, field goal percentage, PAT percentage and punting.
Before coming to Ole Miss, Gran coached wide receivers at Idaho State in 1994 and Cincinnati from 1992-93. His first coaching job was at his alma mater, Cal Lutheran, from 1987-88, followed by a one-year stint at Southeast Missouri State in 1989. A pair of graduate assistantships followed at East Carolina and Miami before returning to full-time capacity at Cincinnati.
Gran played four seasons as a wideout at Cal Lutheran, graduating with a business administration degree in 1987.
Gran is married to the former Rosemary Scaife of Elaine, Ark. They are the parents of daughters Hannah, Dillan, Sydney and Lucy Grace.
|BORN||July 21, 1965; Escondido, Calif.|
|EDUCATION||Orange Glen High School, Escondido, Calif.; California Lutheran University 1987.|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL||Wide Receiver, Cal Lutheran 1984-87.|
|COACHING CAREER||Cal Lutheran 1987-88, Southeast Missouri State 1989, East Carolina 1989 (graduate assistant), Miami 1990-91, Cincinnati 1992-93, Idaho State 1994, Mississippi 1994-98, Auburn 1999-2008, Tennessee 2009-present.|
|WIFE||Rosemary Scaife Gran.|
|CHILDREN||Hannah, Dillan, Sydney and Lucy Grace.|
|BOWL GAME COACHING HISTORY||1991 Cotton, 1992 Orange, 1997 Motor City, 2001 Florida Citrus, 2001 Peach, 2003 Capital One, 2003 Music City, 2005 Sugar, 2006 Capital One, 2007 Cotton, 2007 Chick-fil-A.|