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Report: Tennessee Fires First-Year DL Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh

That was fast.

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According to Austin Price of VolQuest, Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt has fired first-year co-defensive and D-Line coach through just four games with the team.

Tennessee’s gotten off to a rough start, so an on-staff shakeup isn’t so surprising, except for, well, they typically happen more in the offseason.

Brumbaugh was hired last offseason when Tennessee let Tracy Rocker’s contract expire, but the defensive line hasn’t performed great this season accruing just eight sacks and allowing nearly 600 rushing yards through four games.

I mentioned earlier, the timing is surprising because, well, coaches just don’t get fired mid-year that often. Also, since the COVID-19 pandemic has everybody tightening their financial belts. it’s interesting Pruitt made this move with I’m sure very little considerations to the Vols being on the hook for Brumbaugh’s contract money until he finds a new job — something not likely to happen anytime soon.

Can’t wait to see more fallout from Tennessee’s beatdown by Kentucky and overall 2-2 start in the easier portion of the 10-game SEC schedule. Brumbaugh is the first to fall on the sword — who’s next?