Tuesday was a busy day for Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt. It started off with the news that he and running backs coach Robert Gillespie were parting ways, continued with the news of him hiring a new assistant, and it was capped off at night by the news that another Butch Jones staffer was leaving Tennessee for another job.
According to a report from 247Sports, Bob Welton, Tennessee’s director of player personnel, is leaving the Vols to take a position at Nebraska. Pruitt had hired Drew Hughes away from Florida to fill that position already, so the announcement of Welton’s departure isn’t surprising.
Welton was hired by Butch Jones in 2013 and was tasked with talent evaluation in recruiting as one of his main jobs. The Vols earned several highly-ranked recruiting classes thanks to Welton’s eye, but the results on the field did not match those rankings.
Welton was essentially the last major staff member under Butch Jones who was still on Pruitt’s staff. With him and Gillespie gone, there are now just a few minor staff members who are still holdovers from the Butch Jones era still on Pruitt’s staff.