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UT’s Rubio No Longer Part Of Football Program

Support staff at SEC football programs rarely make big headlines.  Those are left to the men on the actual coaching staffs.

Except in the case of ex-Tennessee employee Steve Rubio.  The school announced yesterday that he is no longer employed by the university and no longer holds the title of director of player personnel.

Rubio was a Lane Kiffin hire in Knoxville.  He came to Tennessee from Central Florida where he had served as the Golden Knight’s director of player personnel.  After his arrival at Tennessee, UCF got spanked by the NCAA and coach George O’Leary — along with the NCAA — laid plenty of the blame at Rubio’s doorstep.

In October of 2009, Rubio — serving as a recruiting intern for the Vols — visited his old Florida high school along with Kiffin while UT’s head coach made a recruiting visit there.  That’s a no-no.  The NCAA investigated the matter.

Still, Rubio was eventually promoted to the position of director of player personnel and stayed on Tennessee’s staff after Derek Dooley’s arrival.  Now gone, the school won’t say if he left on his own or was asked to depart.



I don't know the whole scope of Rubio's duties as Director of Player Personnel, but could the low team GPA have been a factor in this case? Is it part of his responsibility to oversee some of these academic duties?

D Ram
D Ram

People are idiots, John. Don't respond to their bizarre behavior. Let people say what they want, just don't respond. Sit back and read the comments and laugh. You said it well, life is too short. If people can't respect your viewpoint and articles, go somewhere else. I do. You think of scenarios that I don't have time to and it's nice to read. You will probably drive more traffic by not responding and let the idiots scavenge themselves.

I would have posted this on the correct story but you weren't allowing comments at the time.


He should have been fired long ago based on his douche bagness. The guy looks like an idiot that Kiffin would hire. Hopefully this guy will leave the south and relocate to Florida, New York or California, he would fit right in based on appearance.


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