Jeremy Pruitt will never do it, but there’s a crazy move he could make that would make the Tennessee Vols a lot better the rest of the season.
Fire offensive line coach Will Friend and let Phillip Fulmer coach the OL the rest of the season.
Yeah I know, that’s never going to happen.
But imagine if it did?
The only reason I’m even bringing this up is because Fulmer actually did get to coach the Vols’ offensive line this week.
According to VolQuest, Friend had a false positive COVID-19 test. So while he was out, Fulmer coached the offensive line. And according to VolQuest, his offensive line got the best of Pruitt’s defensive line (Pruitt is UT’s de facto defensive line coach the rest of the year after firing Jimmy Brumbaugh earlier this season).
Fulmer is still a coach at heart. And while there’s no indication that he’d ever want to be a head coach again, I’m sure he still gets the itch to do some coaching from time to time. And there’s no doubt that Fulmer knows how to coach offensive linemen — probably better than almost any current coach in the nation.
This obviously isn’t going to happen, though, for several reasons. Pruitt and Friend have known each other for a long time — they’re former college roommates and Pruitt was in Friend’s wedding. Despite the subpar play from the offensive line this season, it seems incredibly unlikely that Pruitt would actually fire Friend midseason.
But hey, it’s a fun thought for Vol fans. It would certainly be fun to see Fulmer temporarily on the sideline in Neyland on gamedays coaching again.
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