It’s great Jeremy Pruitt is about to enter his 2nd season at Tennessee this fall. All signs point to success for Pruitt. However as a fan of the Vols I’m absolutely skeptical about the whole process. He grew up in Alabama, transferred as a player to Alabama, and started his big time Division 1 coaching under Nick Saban, when he went to Alabama.
Kiffin and Dooley
Maybe as a fan of Tennessee if the Lane Kiffin debacle hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have this calm before the storm feeling. Derek Dooley could’ve helped my overall anxiety if his first priority wasn’t his pants. Maybe too my overall temperament would be more positive if the coaching search before hiring Pruitt wasn’t a fucking circus. Circus sounds bout right. Dooley, his pants, Kiffin swallowing a flaming sword and Jeremy Pruitt calling up Nick Saban inquiring about his retirement.
The ticking timebomb
Now I’m from New Jersey. Never been to Tennessee. Been a diehard Vol fan for over 30 years. I don’t know what the people on Rocky Top feel like. This isn’t some dark opinion I have. Rather it’s a haunting fear that I hope I am dead wrong about. What to me is not opinion is if Pruitt is successful in Knoxville, he will go back to Alabama to takeover for Saban.
Honestly if i was the next big thing i would not take the Alabama or Florida job. Never, absolutely not! Only if I was on my way out. If it was my last shot after failing and nobody else offered me anything. Then I’m not sure I wouldn’t purposely sabotage the situation, only based on my principles. Pruitt could have gone somewhere else. He had choices and more would have presented themselves moving forward. It feels like a sick joke.
The coach and his assistants
Best case scenario is Saban coaches for at least 5 more seasons. In this happening it gives Pruitt the chance of 3 to 4 years of excellent recruiting. If he is as successful as many believe he will be. After his 3rd recruiting class he should have The Vols moving towards the top of the SEC East and reestablish Tennessee as a powerhouse of a football program. This progress as most know can take a year or two longer. 4 classes is what usually gets you back to elite program status. With the talent, discipline, and a winning mentality. The team has three coaches who have won recruiter of the year in Pruitt, Tee Martin, and just this year TE coach Brian Niedermayer. Not to mention Jim Chaney, the new OC was in charge or played a major role in Purdue’s best seasons (97-05) and Georgia’s talent surge over the last three years. So someone’s got to be able to recruit something with 5 stars next to their names.
Saban and Pruitt. Third Saturday in October
Nick Saban at times has been humorous with the media even after getting blown out in the National Title game. When coaches who would tell you off after a win, are now playing around, whether facetiously or not. More times than not they’re winding down their career. Just trying to take it in and enjoy the moments. Say he retires after this season, if Bama wins the title. It happens all over again! Lane Kiffin happens all over again. Except this time we excepted and asked for it.
Nobody can blame Pruitt either. He’s just doing what everyone knew he was going to do. He’s never going to stay at Tennessee, if Bama opens up, Never. If it was you the opposite way would you stay at Bama? You probably wouldn’t take it in the first place. Is there a stranger’s climbed ol rocky top/looking for a moonshine still/strangers ain’t come down from rockytop/reckon they never will clause in Pruitt or any of these Bama coaches contracts. He fired Terry Fair and replaced him with Crimson. Now I know DBs is what Pruitt knows best, so he probably knew what he was doing, but it just don’t feel right somehow!
I thought Tee Martin would’ve been a good fit. At least if he failed like the last two coaches, it could be said at least he wasn’t an outsider. What you got now is just that. If Steve Spurrier or Tim Tebow join the coaching staff during Pruitt’s tenure, not saying I would stop singing Rocky Top. No not at all. Just saying I’d have to stop watching college football entirely. Whether or not Tee Martin could be the answer to the Vols head coaching carousel of pain and anxiety may still be found out in moving forward. Some people reading this will just dismiss Martin as the next head coach. Probably the same people who did the same over 20 years ago, as he succeeded Peyton Manning as Tennessee’s Quarterback.