Tennessee Football has officially collapsed, and a lot of that blame can be put on an incompetent coaching staff. Should the Vols fire Jeremy Pruitt?
Well, we didn’t even make it a full three seasons before rumblings have begun about firing Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee football fans have a good reason to want to move on from Pruitt, but is it too early?
That’s for everyone to decide themselves, but Tennessee is currently a two-win team with three games left in the season, so I don’t think it would be too early if Phillip Fulmer decided to move on from Pruitt.
One name that’s already being thrown out is Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze. This would be Tennessee’s best football coaching hire since Fulmer was hired as Tennessee’s head coach in 1992.
I don’t say that because I think Freeze would take us to a National Championship, but Freeze has proven that he can be a successful football coach, not only at Liberty but also at Ole Miss.
Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, Butch Jones, nor Pruitt could say they’ve been successful as the head coach of a high-level program. Sure, Freeze has some issues in his past, but if those issues have been addressed, should they push the Tennessee administration away from hiring Freeze?
If the Vols want to bring a top-level coach like Freeze to Knoxville, they might have to make the move this offseason. They could try to talk him into being the offensive coordinator, and if Pruitt doesn’t work out, then Freeze will be first in line to be promoted to head coach, or they could fire Pruitt and go all-in on Freeze.
Pruitt has put together a decent defense, if the Vols could have a competent offensive coordinator like Freeze, then I think they’d be a lot better, but Pruitt doesn’t know how to manage or develop an offense. If Pruitt wants to be a head coach, he will have to figure the offensive side of the football out, or else he won’t be a head coach for much longer.
Right now, I don’t know if Tennessee could beat Vanderbilt, but we will know if that’s the case as soon as this Saturday when the Vols and Commodores face off. If Pruitt loses that game, I don’t know how Fulmer can justify keeping Pruitt.