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Tennessee fires DL coach after loss to Kentucky

Tennessee fired first-year defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh in the wake of Saturday’s 34-7 loss to Kentucky.

Brumbaugh, 43, who also served as co-defensive coordinator, signed a two-year, $1.3 million contract in February.

His dismissal was first reported Sunday by 247Sports and confirmed by school officials Monday.

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt clearly was not happy with his defense after the then-No. 18 Volunteers (2-2, 2-2 SEC) lost to the Wildcats in Knoxville for the first time since 1984.

“We’re not very dominant up front,” Pruitt told the Vol Network after the game. “And if you’re going to win in this league, you better be dominant up front. You better be able to play man-to-man. When you tackle running backs, you need to be able to knock them backwards. And we did that the first half, but we didn’t do it the second half.”

Brumbaugh has been coaching in the college ranks since 2005. He was the co-defensive coordinator at Colorado (2019) and Maryland (2017-18) before coming to Rocky Top.

The Volunteers host No. 2 Alabama (4-0, 4-0) on Saturday.

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