About six weeks ago, defensive line coach Chris Rumph took a leave of absence from the Minnesota Vikings. Now, in a bit of an unusual move, that absence is going to be a permanent one.
On Monday, it was announced that Rumph had been hired by the Clemson Tigers to be their defensive ends coach. It’s rare for a team to lose a member of the coaching staff like this in the middle of the season, but that’s what’s happened to the Vikings in this instance.
Rumph had requested to take a leave of absence back on 21 October for reasons that were never disclosed (and, quite frankly, are none of our business). He was the second member of the coaching staff to take a leave of absence this season, with outside linebackers coach Mike Smith having been away from the team since before the regular season started. Assistant defensive line coach Pat Hill has been filling in during Rumph’s absence and will now assume the full-time duties.
Rumph came to the Vikings as part of Kevin O’Connell’s first staff when he was hired during the 2022 offseason. Prior to that, he was the defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears and, before that, the outside linebackers coach for the Houston Texans. He will now return to Clemson, where he coached the defensive ends from 2006 to 2010.
Whatever the circumstances behind his departure were, here’s hoping that Coach Rumph finds success at his new job.