As most Vol fans know, Jeremy Pruitt is a traditionalist.
Pruitt himself, has said that he is a traditionalist when it comes to the Tennessee uniforms. Since he has been head coach, the Vols have stopped wearing the “Smokey Grey” uniforms that were first introduced in 2013 by Butch Jones.
Tennessee has also went back to wearing the traditional black cleats as well. This is why this news may be a surprise to many.
Just a month ago, Pruitt did not rule out the idea of an alternate uniform making a return. According to our own Trey Wallace, the black uniforms will be making a return this season.
“Tennessee players came to coaches and said they wanted to wear black jerseys for the Kentucky game. They will auction off the jerseys afterwards to donate to “Black Lives Matter,” Wallace tweeted.
Here is the audio from Jeremy Pruitt on potentially wearing Black Jerseys and donating money from an auction of them to “Black Lives Matter”, since some folks can’tread a transcript. #Vols pic.twitter.com/FrmsdwJ4II
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) June 18, 2020
This would be the first time the Vols had not donned orange in Neyland since 2017 against Georgia.
However, this would not be the first time Tennessee has worn black uniforms. The Vols wore black uniforms back in 2009 under Lane Kiffin against South Carolina, in which Tennessee beat the No. 21 Gamecocks, 31-13.
While many traditionalist Vol fans will not be pleased with this decision, this would be a great move for Tennessee. This is kind of move that would generate buzz and positive feedback in the college football world and in recruiting.
Great move by Pruitt.