I’ll just say it, Jeremy Pruitt was the correct hire over Greg Schiano.
The current head coach at Rutgers was going to be the head coach for the Vols. But, of course, you know that.
After an outcry by the fan base (mainly the 37 at FoxSportsKnoxville), the hire was reversed, and now we have Pruitt.
I’m going to explain briefly why that was a great move for the Vols.
Pruitt’s place may have been questioned at first, but just look at the last three commitments; 4-stars Ka’tron Evans, Aaron Willis, and Kaidon Salter. Pruitt and his staff have clearly shown over the last 14 days that they mean business when it comes to recruiting. If you’ve forgotten, the Vols have reeled in 11 recruits in 14 days, propelling us to 2 in the national rankings.
Who could have predicted this level of recruiting from Pruitt? Certainly not me.
Also, the program was left in shambles by the previous staff. A culture change was necessary.
Pruitt might be hard on his players, but he’s coaching them to win, which is something this program has needed. Even Butch Jones’s recruits (Jennings, Warrior, and Guarantano) rave about the culture change.
Lastly, wining is Pruitt’s main goal.
After last season’s rough start, Pruitt and the team turned a train wreck into one of the best redemption stories in Vols history. He has worked under many successful head coaches to prepare him, so I believe he knows what it’s going to take to be a winning program. Pruitt said after the bowl game, “2020 is going to be the decade of the Vols,” and I believe him. Last year’s 8-5 record was only the start for Tennessee.
In conclusion, Jeremy Pruitt is a much better fit than the lackluster coach Greg Schiano. Not many can handle the pressure that comes with coaching in Knoxville, but they have done a phenomenal job. If you’re not on the Pruitt train, you better hop on now before we leave you behind.