Tennessee Football head coach Jeremy Pruitt received a two-year suspension on Thursday ahead of the 2020 football season.
Tennessee football is getting ready to kick off its season against South Carolina this Saturday night, and ahead of the Vols’ 2020 regular-season debut, Jeremy Pruitt has been given an extension and a raise.
Pruitt received a two-year extension that will carry his contract through the 2025 season. Pruitt’s raise will begin in the 2021 season, where he will be given a raise of $400,000 to bring his total to $4.2 million per year.
With Tennessee’s issues not being able to find a long-term coach, you would think that the Vols would be more reserved when it comes to handing out extensions to football coaches.
The previous administration had similar progress in its first two seasons, but we all saw how that turned out. Now, I don’t think Pruitt will be as bad of a coach as the previous guy, but I don’t think we should assume that he will be a great coach just because he comes from the Alabama-Nick Saban coaching tree.
Our last Saban guy didn’t work out, either. I’m not saying Pruitt doesn’t deserve an extension, because he might, but we also shouldn’t be assuming that Pruitt will be different. I really hope he is different, and he’s the Vols’ long-term head coach, but maybe we should wait for him to win a bowl better than the Gator Bowl before we put all of our eggs in a basket.
I know it’s exciting to see Pruitt get an extension and know he will be the head coach through 2025. I hope he will be as successful as any other Tennessee football fan, so hopefully, for Tennessee and Phillip Fulmer’s benefit, everything will work out for Pruitt.