After the way the Tennessee Vols started the 2019 season — with consecutive losses to Georgia State and BYU — finishing 8-5 was extremely exciting for fans.
But not for UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
During the Vols’ signing day celebration on Thursday, Pruitt made it clear that the expectations should be higher for Tennessee.
“People have been kicking us around for a while, it’s time for us to do some kicking”, said Pruitt to fans in Nashville.
Jeremy Pruitt: “Everybody’s excited about us going 8-5. We need to raise our expectations. … people have been kicking us around for awhile. It’s time for us to do some kicking.”
— David Ubben (@davidubben) February 7, 2020
I hate to keep bringing up Butch Jones, but I think it’s appropriate here.
After the Vols underachieved in 2016, Jones made it a point to go on a radio tour and proclaim that Tennessee football was having one it’s best stretches in 20 years (which wasn’t true).
Here’s the audio clip of Butch Jones saying last 2 years have been some of the best in the last 20 years of Tennessee football pic.twitter.com/qeevxk2hd2
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) September 28, 2017
The Vols overachieved in 2019 and Pruitt is telling fans that their expectations should be higher. He’s basically saying that 8-5 in 2019 wasn’t good enough.
That’s how you know Tennessee has a football coach now. Pruitt is seeking perfection.
No knows if the Vols will get there with Pruitt at the helm, but at least he’s setting his sights high.
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