Jeremy Pruitt was hired as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach a little over seven months ago.
In those seven months, I’ve yet to hear anything but positive remarks about Pruitt’s potential as a head coach.
Until today that is.
Former Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray told Nashville’s 102.5 The Game on Tuesday that he doesn’t think Pruitt has the right personality to be a head coach — specifically the “CEO” angle of the job.
“I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach. I don’t,” Murray said. “As a head coach, there’s so many things that go into it. It’s not just going out there and coaching. You have to deal with front office. You’ve got to go talk with the president of the university. You have to deal with boosters. You have to deal with the offense, the defense. It’s not just going in there and dealing with the kids and scheming up. There’s a lot that goes into it.”
“I don’t think he’s the right guy to kind of be the CEO of a corporation. He’s really good managing just a defense and being a defensive coordinator. He needs to prove to me that he can handle the whole ship. For right now, I don’t think he can. We’ll see what happens this year. I don’t think it helps that he doesn’t have a lot of talent at Tennessee.”
Murray also added that he didn’t think Pruitt treated Mark Richt with enough respect when he was the defensive coordinator at Georgia.
“When he was at Georgia, the way he acted, the way he treated Coach Richt I thought was poor,” Murray said. “He wasn’t as respectful as I thought a defensive coordinator should be to a head coach. That’s my thing, with authority.”
We’ve heard rumors before that Pruitt didn’t mesh well with some of the staff at Georgia. Sometimes personalities just don’t work well together, and that could’ve been the case at Georgia.
It’s worth noting, however, that Murray left Georgia for the NFL after the 2013 season, which is when Pruitt joined the Bulldogs’ staff. A lot of what Murray is throwing out there could be second-hand information.
As far as Pruitt not having the right personality to be a head coach, I don’t think Aaron Murray’s words are all that important.
There’s been an endless amount of former players, colleagues and head coaches that have vouched for Pruitt. Sure, he’s never been a head coach, so we aren’t exactly sure how he’ll fare. But I think most of Pruitt’s fellow head coaches feel like he’s going to turn Tennessee into a force.
In fact, one former Alabama quarterback said Pruitt “scares him” at UT.
It sounds like Murray might have a personal vendetta against Pruitt.
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