Florida hires Texas DL coach Chris Rumph for same position

Dr. Saturday

To replace departing defensive line coach Terrell Williams, who accepted a position with the Miami Dolphins, Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced the hire of Chris Rumph on Friday.

Rumph spent the 2014 season as the assistant head coach for defense and defensive line coach at the University of Texas. Rumph's departure from Texas comes just two days after National Signing Day.

One Texas signee, Rivals three-star defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin, wasn't happy to see his position coach leave. Lampkin tweeted on signing day that head coach Charlie Strong told him on the phone that Rumph "did not accept" the offer from Florida.

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Something clearly changed over the last few days. 

Before his lone season at Texas, Rumph was the defensive line coach at Alabama for three seasons under Nick Saban. That stint included one season on the Crimson Tide’s staff with McElwain, who served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator from 2008-11.

“Chris and I obviously have some experience working together from our days at Alabama,” McElwain said. “He joins a group of thinkers on our staff and is someone who will positively affect our players’ lives – both on and off the field.”

With Rumph on staff, Alabama’s defense was fifth nationally in total defense in 2013 and was best in the country in 2011 and 2012, when the Crimson Tide won back-to-back national championships.

Before joining Alabama’s staff, Rumph coached the defensive line at Clemson (2006-10), coached outside linebackers at Memphis (2003-05) and defensive backs at South Carolina State in 2002. He also had a five-year stint as head coach at Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, S.C.

Florida’s defense ranked 15th nationally in total defense in 2014 as the Gators finished 7-5.

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