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SOURCE: Jeremy Pruitt fired assistant coach Jimmy Brumbaugh DURING loss to Kentucky

Mandatory Credit: Calvin Mattheis-USA TODAY NETWORK

Mandatory Credit: Calvin Mattheis-USA TODAY NETWORK

The ‘Cats big win in Knoxville on Saturday was unprecedented not just on the field but in other ways as well.

A source close to the UT program tells KSR that Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt fired assistant coach Jimmy Brumbaugh during the game on Saturday. Pruitt let Brumbaugh go while the game was still being played, confirming it after it was over.

The official announcement of the firing didn’t come until the day after on Sunday when Pruitt said that “from a philosophical standpoint, things are just not a fit, and it just didn’t work out for us,”. Pruitt had been critical of the UT defensive line even before the beatdown they suffered at the hands of Mark Stoops and company which led to the dismissal of Brumbaugh, who was also the defensive line coach at Kentucky from 2013-16, not even eight months after he was hired back in February. Considering most of Tennessee’s issues seemingly stemmed from the offensive side on Saturday, the decision to fire Brumbaugh during the game is an unusual one.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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15 Comments for SOURCE: Jeremy Pruitt fired assistant coach Jimmy Brumbaugh DURING loss to Kentucky



  1. Brutal Hustler
    6:33 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Does this make Brumbaugh one of the most impactful assistant coaches of the Stoops era? First he had Bud and Z. Then he thankfully left, allowing LeBlanc to come in and help develop Josh Allen and Cal Taylor, among others, leading us to 3 bowl games. Finally he ended up at UT where he apparently was so incompetent at his DLine job that it even bled into the QB room, thus giving us our first road win against them in dozens of years.



  2. ClutchCargo
    6:40 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Because the best personnel decisions are made in the heat of the moment… lol



  3. blueballs80
    6:42 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Wow such an unprofessional move. He just made it harder for any coach to want to work under him. Short leash and short temper. Good luck finding a a defensive coordinator.



  4. 1stkatman
    6:47 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    What a douche’ bag that Pruitt has exposed himself to be. I hope he gets fired during a game this season and Fat Phil takes over in the third quarter.



    • Arch Stanton
      12:01 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

      Tell him before he gets on the team bus like Kiffin. ?



  5. Stop Hammer Time
    6:48 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Wow. He seems pretty unstable.



  6. Teamhhc1
    6:50 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone giving the credit of the Tennessee coaching staff as being bad and no credit to what Kentucky football and it’s coaching staff have become.



  7. BobbyBlue
    7:28 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    But Pruit is so perfect for UT. His manner and use of English are both terrible and he just comes off as an arrogant, tool.
    Perfect fit !!



  8. CJKAssassin123
    7:54 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure his wife is also his sister!!!



  9. bigbluebg
    8:20 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    He also fired someone 5 days after they were hired, so Brumbaugh actually had a relatively long tenure as a UT assistant.

    Turnover on Pruitt’s staff is unreal, and not for the right reasons. Eventually he’s gonna run out of scapegoats and get himself canned.

    Outrageously unprofessional. LOL.
    Rocky Top crumbling.



  10. dhard
    9:01 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    It appears we will be facing a new coach at the orange place restively soon. Fat Phil had been wanting this job since he left and he is almost back in the seat.



  11. bbn606
    9:38 pm October 21, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, if I had had any respect for Mr Potato Head, I just lost it.



  12. UoKFB PHAN
    1:33 am October 22, 2020 Permalink

    So I guess I’m looking at it from a different perspective: recruiting. It is my understanding that Brumbaugh wasn’t just the defensive line coach but also the co-defensive coordinator. You have to wonder how defensive recruits are going to feel when talking with one of UT coaches. ‘Is this guy going to be there tomorrow or not? Will he even make it through a game with Pruitt in charge?’ I think this will come back to haunt Pruitt on the recruiting trail.



  13. Urincatland
    3:23 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    What comes around goes around! And it won’t be long!