​Another member of Butch Jones' former staff in Knoxville is out, according to Volquest.


Tennessee running back's coach Robert Gillespie is reportedly leaving the program per his own choosing, despite initially staying on board when Jeremy Pruitt was hired in December.

This move comes as a relative surprise, as Gillespie was announced as part of the 2018 coaching staff just last week. The decision also comes shortly after signing day, and some signees will likely be caught off-guard based on the sudden nature of the move. 


Gillespie had been with the Vols since 2013, and the split certainly hurts Tennessee in the short-term, as they try to fill the vacancy as quickly as possible.

Tennessee faithful are thankful Gillespie stayed on through the recruiting period, as his absence could have greatly effected their 2018 class, which already took a hit after the coaching change.