Former UT assistant Tim Keane: Helton, Rumph 'it’s all in front of them now'

Former UT assistant Tim Keane: Helton, Rumph 'it’s all in front of them now'

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Former UT assistant Tim Keane: Helton, Rumph 'it’s all in front of them now'

KNOXVILLE – Former Tennessee assistant Tim Keane is familiar with a pair of current UT coaches who were brought in by Jeremy Pruitt to get the UT program back to a championship level.

Keane worked with Tyson Helton and Chris Rumph at Memphis.

Keane coached the secondary from 1990-92 for UT and told Vols Wire that the people of Tennessee “deserve a good team.”

“The people of Tennessee deserve a good team there, and for Tennessee not winning is unheard of,” he told Vols Wire. “It’s not right for the state to have Tennessee lose. Pruitt is a heck of a coach and he will bring the Volunteers back, he isn’t going to stop until he does.”

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Rumph is co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach for the Vols and served as outside linebackers coach (2003-05) for Memphis alongside Keane.

“Chris is unbelievable and good with the players,” Keane said. “He knows what buttons to push and knows what he can do to get it out of the players, for sure. He has coached a lot of different positions where all he has been at Memphis, Clemson, Florida, Alabama and Texas.

“Chris is a heck of a young man who has a lot of things left to do in life and he is a wonderful family man. His coaching ability and his recruiting style is excellent and that is what Tennessee needs, someone with a good eye and looking at athletes.”

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Helton served as tight ends coach at Memphis (2004-06) alongside Keane following a stint at Hawaii to launch his coaching career.

“Tennessee has a winner in Tyson,” Keane said. “He is a hard worker and the same way with Chris. I was fortunate to be around those two as I watched them grow and mature and get better in the coaching field.

“They always had their nose to the grindstone and anytime you can do that you are going to have success down the road and it has happened to both of them at an early age in their coaching career. It’s all in front of them now.”

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Photo, 1990 Tennessee football Media Guide

 

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