Tracy Rocker will not be returning to Tennessee football but instead will be going to South Carolina to join Will Muschamp’s staff there.
Jeremy Pruitt has been continuously working to build the best coaching staff around his players since taking the head coaching job for Tennessee football.
The Vols and Pruitt have found some coaches who could stay in Knoxville for a while, but college football sees coaches come and go all the time, and that’s once again the case for Tennessee.
Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is the next coach to leave Rocky Top as he’s heading to South Carolina to take the same job there.
Tennessee’s director of player personnel, Drew Hughes, is also expected to join South Carolina. Pruitt has already done some shifting on the coaching staff, and it looks like he will have to do some more or look to hire a new coach or two.
The Vols defensive line has vastly improved over the past two seasons since Rocker joined the Vols, so this could be a big hit for Tennessee, and a big get for in-division rival South Carolina.
Rocker has also been a very good recruiter for Tennessee. Rocker was a primary recruiter in getting four-star Dominic Bailey to Knoxville and a secondary recruiter for four more four-star recruits.
On paper, this looks like this will be a huge loss for Tennessee. It very well might be, but after what I’ve seen in two years with Jeremy Pruitt, I think Tennessee will be just fine, and Pruitt will find the right guy to fill the open spots on his coaching staff.
Pruitt is a defensive-minded coach, so he most likely knows what Rocker has done to improve the defensive line, so he will take what he liked during Rocker’s tenure and will continue to implement what he thinks will continue to improve Tennessee’s defensive line.
We’re now less than a month away from Pruitt and the Vols taking the practice field for the first time in 2020, and Pruitt still has some work to do on the coaching staff, but I have no doubt he will find the right people to fill those positions.