If the Tennessee Vols fire Jeremy Pruitt this season, who will they turn to next?
With the Vols barrelling full speed toward a 2-8 season, it’s a question that has been asked a lot over the last several weeks.
Fans who don’t want to Pruitt to be fired are usually quick to point out that there might not be a better realistic option for the Vols.
But it appears those fans might be wrong.
According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Tennessee is the preferred landing spot for Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze.
Several industry sources say Tennessee is the preferred landing spot for Freeze. Tennessee certainly could wait a year, see whether Pruitt improves the program in 2021 and then make a run at Freeze. But a poor finish, especially a loss this week against winless Vanderbilt, or a South Carolina push for Freeze, could change the thought process.
“Tennessee’s always in play,” an industry source said.
This could certainly make things interesting. Freeze is a proven winner. He’s one of the few coaches who’s beat Nick Saban and Alabama more than once. And he’s found unprecedented success at Liberty this season. He’s a sure-thing in a world with not many sure things.
Of course, there’s the question of whether or not Tennessee would actually hire Freeze (if Pruitt is fired).
Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in 2018 due to recruiting violations and numerous calls to female escort services on a university-issued phone.
But if Tennessee decides Freeze deserves another chance in the SEC, he’s certainly a coach that could finally get the Vols to the top of the SEC East.
There’s nothing like coaching search season.
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