Rumph Learning on the Fly

CLEMSON – Every day is a learning experience for Clemson's new defensive line coach Chris Rumph, but a lot of his education is coming away from the football field, which is something he didn't anticipate.

He's quickly discovering what the differences are between coaching at a school that's ranked in the top 25 and plays in a major conference as opposed to playing for the right to go to a bowl very few have heard of.

"It's totally different," he said. "I walk into a room and it's amazing. I just have a paw on (my shirt) and everybody knows exactly who I am. It's Clemson, it's Clemson, it's Clemson. Before, I had to have my name and school on. It's just surprising how the paw is recognized throughout the entire East Coast.

"The last three years, I was at Memphis and before that, I was at South Carolina State. Now, just to walk into a place and have secretaries and support staff at different high schools recognize you … they'll call the coaches and say there's a coach here from Clemson to see you and I'm like, well I didn't tell you who I was or where I was coming from."

While he adjusts to life as a Clemson coach away from the field, there's still a major adjustment happening on the field and with the players.

"There's still a learning curve," he said. "I'm still trying to figure out some things and get to know my players a little bit more and find those buttons to push to get them going. But it's better than what it was before. I'm close to really being grounded, but I'm not there yet."

Most Clemson fans are aware that even though Rumph played on the defensive line at South Carolina, he's never coached the positions.

He said he's been doing everything possible to learn as much as he can as fast as he can. Rumph also added that the learning will continue throughout the summer.

"Whether I've coached the position 10 or 15 years, I'm always going to try to go somewhere to learn more," he said. "I'm definitely going to try to his some camps this year and maybe an NFL camp and go see some coaches that coach the position also. I don't care where it is. I'm just eager to learn."

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