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Vols Add Defensive Line Coach Amidst More Staff Departures



Monday morning proved to be anything but slow for the Tennessee Volunteers coaching staff.


According to 247 Sports, Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and director of player personnel Drew Hughes will be taking their talents to South Carolina in their same respective positions.


In addition, news was then released by 247 Sports that Chris Rumph will be leaving his role with UT as outside linebackers coach to pursue the same position with the Houston Texans.


The beginning hours of the work week didn’t indicate all bad news though, as just within a few hours after the defensive line coaching vacancy opened, 247 Sports reported that Tennessee is set to hire former Colorado defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh to that same position on Rocky Top.


Is there any more news anyone would like to break while we’re at it?


Starting with the addition, Brumbaugh is a veteran coach in his 16th season that seemed to be just waiting for Rocker to leave to officially accept this job. Brumbaugh has coached at LSU, Syracuse, Kentucky, and Colorado during his career among other stops, and has served as a number of different positions. He also has highly touted athletes under his coaching umbrella, with names such as Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith rising to the top.


Brumbaugh will be given a plethora of talent upon his arrival, from returning players such as Darel Middleton and Aubrey Soloman, as well as incoming recruits such as Dominic Bailey, Tyler Baron, and Omari Thomas.


Following in the footsteps of his former staff mate Kevin Sherrer, Rumph is expected to leave for a job in the NFL with Houston. In his first year with the Vols in 2018, Rumph joined Jeremy Pruitt as the co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach, before removing the initial title following the hiring of Derrick Ansley as defensive coordinator last year.


Rocker, who will be on his seventh job in the last 13 years, will be moving on to team up with Will Muschamp. Rocker has been a fan favorite for many fans during his tenure with Tennessee, largely in part to his ability to improve the defensive unit regardless of the available talent both of his years at Tennessee.


It is worth noting that out of all of the defensive coaches last year, Ansley, the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach, is all that remains. While some on the outside may look at this as worrisome, it could just as well speak to the high level of talent Pruitt was originally able to bring onto his staff, with expectations that he will continue to do so after these departures.


It will be interesting to see where Tennessee goes from here, as it still has a replacement for Rumph to find. But if this fanbase has learned anything, it is that good things cannot come without patience. And really, who knows what will happen in the end. Last week, the coaching staff looked to finally be solidified, but it now seems like Pruitt and Phillip Fulmer will have some more work to do to finalize this Vols coaching staff.

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