The Texas Longhorns could soon have another opening on the coaching staff if defensive line coach Chris Rumph accepts the same position with the Florida Gators, as Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated is reporting.
However, 247Sports says that Rumph hasn't made a decision yet, but he did meet with Texas head coach Charlie Strong on Thursday and could make his final choice after speaking with his family.
Defensive tackle signee Du'Vonta Lampkin believes that Rumph won't take the position, but it's not clear if he's saying that Rumph has made his decision:
Getting off the phone with coach strong "coach rumph did not accept the offer"— Call Me Deebs‼️ (@DeeChilllin) February 5, 2015
The open position in Gainesville came about when Terrell Williams accepted a job coaching the defensive line for the Miami Dolphins. He was a member of new head coach Jim McElwain's staff for only a short period of time after leaving the Oakland Raiders.
Rumph has ties to McElwain because they worked on the same staff at Alabama under head coach Nick Saban when McElwain was the offensive coordinator in 2011.
If the Orangeburg, South Carolina native does end up taking the job, it would be a reasonably significant hit for the Horns, as Rumph had a successful year as a recruiter, serving as the point man with defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin, defensive end Charles Omenihu, safety DeShon Elliott, and defensive end Quincy Vasser. As a result of that success, 247Sports ranked him as the No. 4 recruiter in the Big 12 and No. 24 recruiter in the country.
Rumph also deserves some credit for helping defensive tackle Malcom Brown break out in a big way as a junior, as did fellow defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway. Last year, Ridgeway showed flashes of his ability, but never put it all together, something he started to do as a sophomore in coming class to matching the numbers put up by Brown.
Does the move make sense for Rumph? He has obvious ties to the SEC after working at Alabama for three season and serving as a graduate assistant at South Carolina after playing linebacker for the Gamecocks.
But while taking the Florida job at any other time might represent a lateral move, the recent struggles for the Gators and the limited experience of McElwain as a head coach could make the decision more difficult for Rumph.