Texas DL coach Chris Rumph heads to Florida, Longhorn signees unhappy
Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph has accepted an offer to hold the same position at Florida, and some Longhorn signees aren't happy about it.
As reported during the week, Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph has indeed left the Longhorns staff to accept the same position at Florida -- and left some unhappy new Texas signees behind.
The Gators made Rumph's hire official Friday with an announcement in which Jim McElwain said Rumph was "someone who will positively affect our players’ lives -- both on and off the field.” McElwain and Rumph briefly served on the same Nick Saban staff at Alabama, where Rumph coached from 2011-13.
From there Rumph spent a single season in Austin, where he helped the Longhorns to a 40th-place finish in FBS yards per-carry allowed and 11th in the (virtually) final 247Sports' composite team recruiting rankings. He will replace Terrell Williams, the former Oakland Raiders line coach who joined McElwain's staff for only a few weeks before deciding instead to coach for the Miami Dolphins.
Coming less than 48 hours after Signing Day, Rumph's decision -- much like that of Stan Drayton, the Ohio State running backs coach who left for the Chicago Bears and angered Buckeyes signee Mike Weber -- has not sat well with some Longhorns signees. Here's three-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin on Thursday:
Getting off the phone with coach strong "coach rumph did not accept the offer"— Call Me Deebs (@DeeChilllin) February 5, 2015
And on Friday:
Really? 2 days after signing day?— Call Me Deebs (@DeeChilllin) February 6, 2015
Guess i was lied to in my face— Call Me Deebs (@DeeChilllin) February 6, 2015
Its not even the fact he left. Bc thats what coaches do. Its the fact i was told it wasnt going to happen— Call Me Deebs (@DeeChilllin) February 6, 2015
Here's three-star defensive end Charles Omenihu:
I guess that's life see why recruits do what we do trust none— Charles #7 (@charless_94) February 6, 2015
I don't like being lead on— Charles #7 (@charless_94) February 6, 2015
At least where the Longhorns are concerned, all's well that ends well:
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