Former Tennessee Vols assistant coach Brian Niedermeyer is clearly not a fan of his former employer.
Niedermeyer, who served as the Vols’ tight ends coach and later insider linebackers coach under disgraced former head coach Jeremy Pruitt, was fired from Tennessee in the midst of a recruiting investigation in early 2021 that also led to Pruitt and outside linebackers Shelton Felton losing their jobs.
The former Vols assistant is now the defensive coordinator at IMG Academy.
IMG Academy is a school in Florida that has a lot of high-caliber talent, including five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate, who committed to Ohio State on Monday over Tennessee, LSU, and Notre dame.
Niedermeyer reacted to Tate’s recruitment on Twitter by tweeting “You love to see it”.
You love to see it. https://t.co/eegIggiFZa— Brian Niedermeyer (@BMNiedermeyer) June 20, 2022
I immediately felt like that was a shot at Tennessee. But then I took a step back and thought that maybe Niedermeyer was just celebrating his player’s commitment. That’s plausible, right?
But then I scrolled through Niedermeyer’s timeline and I saw where he tweeted “You just hate to see it” with a smiley face emoji on the afternoon of June 12. That’s the same afternoon that Tennessee lost to Notre Dame in the Super Regional, ending the Vols’ memorable 2022 season.
You just hate to see it 😎— Brian Niedermeyer (@BMNiedermeyer) June 12, 2022
It’s clear that Niedermeyer is still bitter about getting fired from Tennessee. It’s also clear he has quite the immature streak. Even if his anger is justified, it’s best to not burn bridges in the college football world. The folks currently associated with the football program had nothing to do with Niedermeyer losing his job.
Niedermeyer apparently wants to be Lane Kiffin without having the same football acumen as Lane Kiffin. This type of immature approach is why Niedermeyer is unlikely to land another job at a Power-5 program (he only got the job at Tennessee because of Pruitt, who gave him a shot despite having an almost non-existent resumé).
Unfortunately for Josh Heupel and Tennessee, they have to deal with Niedermeyer at IMG when it comes to recruiting. That could make Heupel’s life tough.
Though if Niedermeyer continues with this behavior (I can’t imagine his superiors at IMG are okay with him taunting a major SEC program), he probably won’t be employed for long at IMG.
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