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Florida announces Chris Rumph as DL coach

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The Longhorns have another open position to fill on the coaching staff.

Chris Rumph
Chris Rumph
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The Florida Gators announced on Friday that now-former Texas Longhorns defensive line coach Chris Rumph accepted the same position on new head coach Jim McElwain's staff.

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

The news comes a day after Sports Illustrated reported that Rumph took the job in Gainesville. However, 247Sports said that Rumph hadn't made a decision as of Thursday afternoon, but he did meet with Texas head coach Charlie Strong and then apparently made his final choice after speaking with his family.

Defensive tackle signee Du'Vonta Lampkin believed that Rumph wouldn't take the position:

Unfortunately for the Horns, Rumph made the choice to return to his roots in the SEC.

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.

It's 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.

So now Texas has two open positions on the staff -- defensive line coach and tight ends coach.