Report: Tennessee parts ways with running backs coach Robert Gillespie https://www.seccountry.com/tennesse...rts-ways-running-backs-coach-robert-gillespie Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is going to have a new vacancy to fill. According to Volquest.com, the Vols have parted ways with running backs coach Robert Gillespie, leaving Pruitt to begin the search for a new assistant immediately. Gillespie had been the running backs coach at Tennessee since 2013. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach — while maintaining his role coaching running backs — in 2015. However, Gillespie was going back to serving solely as running backs coach in 2018. Prior to his time at Tennessee, Gillespie was the running backs coach at West Virginia from 2011-12. He also served as running backs coach at South Carolina (2006-08) and Oklahoma State (2009-10). Gillespie was a running back at Florida from 1998-01. He rushed for 1,854 career yards and ranks second in program history in career receptions (96) and career receiving yards (1,091) by a running back. Gillespie briefly played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins (2002-03) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2003). During his time with the Vols, Gillespie coached top running backs such as John Kelly and Alvin Kamara. Gillespie’s tenure at Tennessee began at the same time as former head coach Butch Jones, who was fired during the 2017 season and replaced by Pruitt.