Pruitt, UT running backs coach parting ways

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/Volquest) -- Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt and the University of Tennessee football team will be looking for a new running backs coach, according to our media partner Volquest.com

Volquest.com reported Tuesday afternoon that Robert Gillespie and Pruitt have decided to part ways.

Gillespie was the lone hold over from the butch Jones staff. He spent the last five seasons as UT's running backs coach and was set to do the same, at least for next season, under coach Pruitt.

Interestingly though, Pruitt wouldn't label Gillespie as the running backs coach when he addressed the media following his run at Alabama in January. Additionally, Gillespie was the only member of the staff not working under a two or three year deal.

Gillespie joined the Vols in 2013, and has served as recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach since 2015. He was scheduled to make $515,000 annually according to contract information, but his contract had not been extended and was set to expire a year from the end of this month. The majority of Pruitt's staff is under contract for two or three years.

Volquest.com said it's unclear why Pruitt and Gillespie parted ways.