Jeremy Pruitt leaving Tennessee Football for Alabama is Tennessee’s worst nightmare, but could it actually happen?
Jeremy Pruitt is an Alabama guy. There’s no denying that. He grew up in Alabama, played football there with a brief college stint at Middle Tennessee State, and coached high school and college football there. That was many Tennessee football fans’ biggest critique of him.
Since he was announced as Tennessee’s next head coach, fans’ biggest fear is Pruitt leaving Tennessee to return to Alabama whenever the head coaching job ever opens up. No matter what Pruitt says, that might always be in the back of many Tennessee fans’ minds.
Pruitt was on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, and Patrick asked a question that Tennessee fans probably wouldn’t want to hear the answer to with the fear of Pruitt saying the wrong answer.
But Pruitt did answer the question and his answer was far from wrong. Patrick asked Pruitt if he has any Alabama gear leftover from his time coaching there, and Pruitt answered it in perfect Pruitt fashion.
"“No, I don’t,” Pruitt responded."
Short and sweet. Pruitt also went on to say that all of the gear that he received from his time coaching at Alabama is all now in his friends’ closets.
That might ease some Tennessee fans for now but if Pruitt pans out and is the Tennessee head coach long-term, which it looks like that will be the case, then when the Alabama coaching search is eventually underway, Pruitt will be on the list and Alabama could steal him from the Vols.
As of right now, Pruitt is 100% a Tennessee Vol, and that’s all that matters. His closet is full of Tennessee orange, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.