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Former Tennessee WR coach Zach Azzanni eyes return to college as head coach

Zach Azzanni

Former Tennessee and current Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni has aspirations of returning to the college level as a head coach as he revealed to the “Swain Event” on WVLZ radio in Knoxville.

“That’s one of the goals,” Azzanni told host Jayson Swain. “That’s one of the reasons I took this job is to get that (NFL) shield on the resumé, help on the recruiting trail for myself. That’s always been one of my goals to be a head coach in college and I felt like this would help that next step.”

Azzanni left Tennessee to join the Bears in February, but said he still pays attention to the Vols, as well as the landscape of SEC football.

“I still keep up with it,” Azzanni said. “I still follow on Twitter everything that’s going on with Tennessee football and SEC recruiting. I enjoy that part of it. I enjoy watching kids where they go, I still have a big stake in it and I’ll be back in college someday, I’m sure of it, so I want to stay relevant on the recruiting front and keep up with the rules, keep up with the hot schools and the way people are doing things.

“That stuff has always interested me and I don’t want to just put that to bed and come back to college and everything’s changed and new now I’m the old guy. I don’t want to do that so I enjoy it still.”

You can listen to Azzanni’s full interview beginning at 1:39:28 in the link below:

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