There are plenty of football coaches who hate making public appearances.
Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt, however, is not one of those coaches.
Surprising, I know.
You’d think that Pruitt, given his connection to Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a known curmudgeon, would hate anything that wasn’t recruiting, playing a game, practicing or game prep.
But that actually isn’t the case.
During the weekly SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday, Pruitt was asked about about his thoughts on interacting with fans on Vol calls each week (which happens on Wednesday nights during the season).
Pruitt obviously wasn’t going to say that he disliked doing it. Most coaches, if they’re smart, would never bemoan having to talk to fans.
But Pruitt didn’t just blow the question off with a simple cookie cutter answer. He made it a point to say that it’s one of his favorite things he gets to do.
Here’s his full quote.
“I really enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week. There’s lots of really good questions that come from the fans who call in. I can’t think of his name, but the guy, he calls in every week from Tallahassee, Robbie. Yeah, Robbie calls in every week from Tallahassee. He kind of gets me fired up. I really enjoy it. In fact, a couple weeks ago we didn’t get a chance to do it, so I’m like, ‘Why not?’ I want to do it every week. I really enjoy it.”
I know there were plenty of questions about how an Alabama lifer like Pruitt would fit in at Tennessee. But I think it’s clear that Pruitt has embraced everything orange.
Pruitt will always be from Alabama, but the fact that he wants to spend his Wednesday nights at Calhoun’s, eating wings and ribs and talking to Vol fans, tells me all I need to know. He’s a Tennessee boy now.
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