Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt surprisingly fired defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh after UT’s loss to the Kentucky Wildcats earlier this month.
Brumbaugh was hired this past winter after defensive line coach Tracy Rocker left for the same position with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
When Pruitt hired Brumbaugh, he told reporters that Tennessee didn’t interview anyone else.
Pruitt: DL coach Jimmy Brumbaugh is a guy I’ve known a long time. Jimmy Brumbaugh is a great teacher. A great motivator. We didn’t interview anyone else. We just offered him a job.
— Volquest Staff (@Volquest_Rivals) March 10, 2020
Most fans found out about the news late on Sunday night after the Kentucky loss.
2021 four-star Vols commit KaTron Evans, however, didn’t find out about Brumbaugh’s dismissal until two days later.
And he found out from a fan.
“A fan asked me what I thought about the move and I didn’t know at the time,” said Evans this week to VolQuest. “It caught me off guard. I was surprised.”
Evans, who is rated as the No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation (247Sports composite), told VolQuest he’s still solid to Tennessee, even though he hasn’t spoken to Pruitt since Brumbaugh was fired (though he told VolQuest he’s supposed to talk to Pruitt soon).
“I still feel the same about the program. I’m still going to be a Volunteer,” said Evans.
I know the Vols are in the middle of a trying season, but it still seems odd that no one from the staff reached out to one of their top commits to let him know that his position coach had been fired.
Fortunately for Tennessee, it doesn’t appear that the lack of communication is going to impact Evans’ recruitment. But this is still something they probably shouldn’t let happen again.
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