Tennessee staff shake up continues as assistant coach Chris Rumph reportedly leaving for NFL job
Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee staff is currently busy partaking in a game of musical chairs as yet another departure is expected on Rocky Top to start the week.
Not long after news broke that director of player personnel Drew Hughes and defensive line coach Tracy Rocker both left Tennessee for South Carolina, outside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Chris Rumph is set to leave the Volunteers for the Houston Texans according to Austin Price of Volquest.
Rumph had been on staff at Tennessee for two seasons and was hired immediately upon Pruitt’s hiring in Knoxville. With his departure this offseason, the Vols are set to have four new on-the-field assistants next season as inside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer left for the New York Giants and running backs coach David Johnson left for Florida State.
Tennessee has reportedly hired Colorado defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh to replace Rocker, while Brian Niedermeyer has been moved to inside linebackers coach and Joe Osovet has been promoted to tight ends coach. Pruitt now has one opening on his Tennessee staff as he currently has nine full-time assistants on staff in Knoxville.
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Following all the offseason moves, the only defensive assistant coach that will return to the same role next season is coordinator Derrick Ansley.