John Chavis Is Available For Vols D-Line Job As Middle School Season Ends

Multiple reports out of Knoxville Sunday night had Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt firing defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, who was also a co-defensive coordinator, after a brutal 34-7 home loss to Kentucky that had at least one fan throwing beer bottles.

The timing is clearly odd since Brumbaugh was just four games into a two-year, $1.3 million contract. The Vols will now be on the hook for $800k. What’s going on here? It just so happens that John Chavis’ middle school coaching season came to an end Thursday night in Knoxville. The 30-year SEC vet who coached at Tennessee from 1989-2008, including thirteen seasons as defensive coordinator, said in early October that he wanted “to see what else is out there” for 2021.

“If it’s over, it’s over,” Chavis said. “But before I say it’s over, I want to see what else is out there, college or NFL. I’ve got some people who have talked to me and are talking to me, and I’d even take a high school job. I love doing this. I’m going to coach as long as I’m healthy and the good Lord wants me to do this. I’ve still got that passion.

“But if it is over, I don’t have any regrets. The only regret would be leaving with a bad taste in your mouth after the way it ended at Arkansas and Texas A&M.”

Pruitt might not have to go far to find his next defensive line coach.



Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.


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  1. Apparently you are not familiar with the phrase “3rd and Chavis”. Ask some Tenn grads about that. For that matter. Tenn, LSU and Texas A & M have all been “Chavised” at some point. LSU had Bama on the ropes twice in Baton Rouge and Bama went through Chavis’ prevent defense like a hot knife through butter. Tenn does not deserve that misery again.

  2. Fulmer is already in there providing no value; this would make sense. Tennessee needs to let these guys wave during halftime when they remember to old days and quit hiring them. At this point it doesn’t really matter; Pruitt is obviously not going anywhere and recruiting Georgia leftovers is going to put them in the middle of the SEC East indefinitely. Ironically, they should follow Kentucky’s model and try to become a national competitor in basketball. Just too far behind in football. Every SEC program should have a chance nationally in at least one major sport, and TN is unfortunately 20 years removed from that kind of status.

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