Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans has tweeted that Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray will leave for Florida.
Va. Tech secondary coach Torrian Gray expected to be new DBs coach for Florida coach Jim McElwain per source.
— Thayer Evans (@ThayerEvansSI) February 3, 2016
Gray played for the Hokies from 1992-1996, then played two seasons in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him 49th in 1997. Gray coached DBs for Maine (2000-01), UConn (2002-03), and the Chicago Bears (2004-2005) before joining the Hokies prior to the 2006 season. He has been coaching at Virginia Tech since 2006.
Gray made $275,600 coaching for the Hokies in 2015, but he was slated to make less than that, $260,000 in 2016, per this Andy Bitter article about Virginia Tech coaching salaries. His departure means that three coaches have now been retained from Frank Beamer’s staff: defensive coordinator Bud Foster, defensive line coach Charley Wiles, and running backs coach (previously WR coach) Zohn Burden.
EDIT: Other writers later confirmed the report.
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) February 4, 2016
— Norm Wood (@normwood) February 4, 2016