A Tennessee Football roasted Jeremy Pruitt during Vol Calls on Wednesday, and Pruitt actually took it quite well after a disappointing season.
Jeremy Pruitt was seen by half of the Tennessee football fanbase as the man who will take the Vols to the promise land, while the other half saw him as an Alabama ally and nothing else. As Pruitt and the Vols continue to collapse, more fans will think the latter over the former.
Phillip from Wartburg, Tennessee, is one of those fans that is ready for Pruitt to return home to Alabama so Tennessee can hire a new head coach, or at least that’s how it seemed based on his exchange with Pruitt on Wednesday.
He asked the question that many Tennessee fans are wondering but wouldn’t dare ask the head football coach of the university they love. Phillip wasn’t scared, though, and asked a hard-hitting question that I don’t think Pruitt was ready for.
"“A lot of us fans want to know, when are you going to admit you’re not a ball coach and go back to Alabama?,” Phillip asked Pruitt."
It sounded like someone on Phillip’s side of the call busted out laughing after he asked the question. I suspect a possible dare, and a fed-up Phillip didn’t back down. Pruitt took the question with grace, though, and went with a simple response. Pruitt said he was frustrated, too, and that they’re working hard on Rocky Top.
I don’t expect Pruitt to go anywhere voluntarily anytime soon. This spring, Pruitt received a $400,000 raise that’s set to begin in 2021, which will bump his annual salary to $4.2 million. He might not be that great of a head football coach right now, but that doesn’t make him a complete idiot.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer defended Pruitt’s honor on the show during his eight minutes on the air. That comes as no surprise as Pruitt is Fulmer’s first big coaching hire, and it would help him keep his job in the future if Pruitt works out.
"“It took Coach (Majors) into his fourth and fifth year to get things turned around,” Fulmer said. “Right now, everybody wished it would happen quicker in the process.”"
While Fulmer is right, and I agree with the sentiment, Johnny Majors never had a two-win season, and right now, it’s likely Pruitt finishes the year with two wins or three wins at the most.
If this article comes across Phillip from Wartburg’s phone, tablet, or computer screen at any time in the coming days, I would like to say God bless you for giving Tennessee fans something to laugh at during a miserable football season.