Tennessee Vols morning report: Fallout from Kentucky loss continues

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The aftermath of losing to the Wildcats leads our Tennessee Vols news for Oct. 19.

It’s a brutal Monday in Big Orange Country. A bad loss by the Tennessee Vols football team to the Kentucky Wildcats over the weekend has changed the state of the program, and more news is coming out of that.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the fallout that has happened since that day. It includes a surprise staff change, postgame interviews and a massive drop in the rankings. We have to cover all of it.

Beyond football, though, plenty of other sports took place over the weekend. They include four different programs, and another program is set to begin an event today. We’ll bring all of that to you, but we start with the overwhelming football news.

Jimmy Brumbaugh out as defensive line coach – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com

Following the Tennessee Vols football team’s 34-7 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats, reports are out that Jeremy Pruitt has parted ways with defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh. UT brought Brumbaugh on board to replace Tracy Rocker earlier this year.

"Brumbaugh was hired by Tennessee in February. He first became a position coach in 2005 at Chattanooga under then-Mocs head coach Rodney Allison. Allison was an assistant at Auburn when Brumbaugh was playing for the Tigers."

Jeremy Pruitt recaps Kentucky gameGrant Ramey, GoVols247

From the drama at quarterback to the play of his defense in the second half, Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt spoke with the media after the Vols’ 34-7 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“Yeah, you know first off I just want to give credit to Coach (Mark) Stoops and his staff. They done a really, really nice job. Always do. You know, they got some turnovers today, especially in the first half. It really changed the field, obviously scored twice on defense. We had field position early in the game, didn’t take advantage of it.”"

Players address Kentucky lossAustin Price, VolQuest

Trey Smith, Eric Gray and Henry To’o To’o all addressed Tennessee football’s 34-7 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats over the weekend. To’o To’o talked about what changed that caused the defense to struggle in the second half. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“They didn’t do anything different. The just ran the same offense that we’ve seen throughout the week. Nothing really changed. We just didn’t execute on defense.”"

Gray talked about UT’s one touchdown drive, in which he had over 60 yards rushing. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“That was a big testament to the O-line. They came out and blocked well. We pretty much ran the same play over, and we just felt like we had them. They were getting tired. We wanted to go fast, and we just kept going, kept going, kept driving. That was the drive we needed to put the ball in the end zone.”"

Smith talked about the disappointment of the loss. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“It’s killing me right now just thinking about it. Having Al Wilson come and talk to us, that performance is tearing at me right now. I feel disappointed in myself first and foremost and it’s going to be a soul check this week, seeing who I am as a leader and as a player.”"

UT football drops out of both polls – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Now at 2-2, the Tennessee Vols football program has dropped out of both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. UT was ranked in the top 15 of both polls just two weeks ago.

"Tennessee continued to receive votes in the coaches and AP Top 25 polls, coming in 14th among vote-getters outside the Top 25 in the coaches poll and 15th among unranked vote-getters in the AP poll. Kentucky (2-2) also received votes in both polls."

Women’s golf to begin The Ally at Old Waverly – HailState.com

Monday marks the first day of The Ally at Old Waverly women’s golf tournament, a three-day event at Old Waverly Golf Course in Starkville, Miss. hosted by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. All 14 SEC teams are competing in it along with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

"Teams will play 18 holes each day, with the final round of action set for Wednesday. For the first two rounds, teams will tee off Hole 1 and Hole 10, while the final round will feature a shotgun start. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT each day."

Soccer ties Kentucky – UT Daily Beacon

For the first time in three tries this season, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team avoided a loss on the road Sunday. However, they didn’t win. UT tied the Kentucky Wildcats 1-1 to move to 2-2-1 on the year.

"In the 1st minute of the match, Tennessee was awarded a corner kick. Sophomore Claudia Dipasupil took the kick and junior Abbey Burdette knocked the ball in on a header. The goal was Burdette’s first of the season and Dipasupil’s third assist of the year. Just four minutes later, the Wildcats responded with a goal of their own."

UT fall invite draws to a close – UTSports

A strong Sunday helped the Tennessee Vols women’s tennis program to close out the three-day UT Fall Invite in style. Rocky Top won five of six singles matches that day against the Vanderbilt Commodores, making for 10 wins throughout the whole tournament.

"“I’m really proud of the way we finished this tournament,” head coach Alison Ojeda said. “We played Georgia on day one and like I said, I don’t think we competed as hard as we could; the way we responded to that mentally, emotionally and physically I thought was really impressive.”After collecting only one singles win in the opening day of the UT Fall Invite, the Lady Vols bounced back with four wins on day two and five wins on day three."

Volleyball loses twice to Kentucky – KentuckySportsRadio.com

Football isn’t the only sport where the Tennessee Vols struggled with the Kentucky Wildcats over the weekend. In its first two matches of the year, the Lady Vols volleyball program was swept by Kentucky Friday night and then lost 3-1 on Saturday.

"Avery Skinner led Kentucky in kills with 21, followed by Alli Stumler (15) and Azhani Tealer (7), with Skinner and Stumler each adding an ace. Elise Goetzinger added five blocks, while Madison Lilley finished with three and Skinner managed two."

Cross country posts strong showing at UAB Blazer Classic – tfrrs.org

With a No. 5 showing in the Women’s 6K and a No. 4 showing in the Men’s 8K, the Tennessee Vols cross country program had strong finishes at the UAB Blazer Classic, which wrapped up Friday. Junior Katie Thronson won the individual women’s race, with junior Sydney Seymour coming in third. Karl Thiessen, another junior finished the highest among UT men at No. 11.