Jeremy Pruitt has made the decision to fire first year defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, according to sources.
Brumbaugh, who was at Colorado and coached at the same position, was hired at Tennessee after being in Boulder for two seasons with Mel Tucker.
According to sources, Brumbaugh was let go earlier in the day on Sunday. He was not involved with the practice or mini scrimmage that was held Sunday evening.
He agreed to a two-year deal worth $650,000 annually, set to run through January 2022. Tennessee must pay his base salary, but it could be offset if Brumbaugh were to take another job.
Tennessee had hired Brumbaugh after Tracy Rocker’s contract was coming up and the Vols were going to move in a different direction. Rocker landed at South Carolina.
Brumbaugh, who played at Auburn from 1995-1999, was brought in to also help the Vols on the recruiting trail. This felt like the right move, if Tennessee was going to take it a step further in that department,
Derrick Ansley and Brumbaugh had spent three years coaching together while they were both at Kentucky, so there was familiarity between them both.
When Tennessee announced the hiring on February 21st, Pruitt had this to say of the addition to the coaching staff.
“Jimmy has a proven track record of developing outstanding football players everywhere he has been,” Pruitt said. “He also has experience coaching in the SEC and is familiar with the demands that come with coaching in this conference. We are excited to have Jimmy here at Tennessee and expect him to be a great addition to our coaching staff.”
The Vols defensive line has had their fair share of problems this season. The group lost returning starter Emmit Gooden in the off-season due to his arrest. So, it was all about building up the returning guys, like Darel Middleton, Aubrey Solomon and others. But unfortunately, it never felt like this group was getting the results needed in the trenches. Matthew Butler and LaTrell Bumphus have been high motor guys, but the Vols are just missing that monster up front that can take over a play.
We will see where Jeremy Pruitt decides to go with this position