There’s a ton of folks in the college football world who believe the Tennessee Vols made a great move by hiring Jeremy Pruitt to replace Butch Jones.
But not many of those people hold as much clout as legendary hall of fame coach Bobby Bowden.
The former Florida State Seminoles head coach, who won two national championships during his 30 plus years in Tallahassee, thinks Pruitt has a chance to be great. Bowden told ESPN’s Chris Low “I think he’s (Pruitt) a hidden jewel, boy. I really do”.
Bobby Bowden unsolicited told me he’s very high on @CoachJPruitt. “Out of all these new coaches coming up, I have a feeling (Pruitt) is going to do the best. Nobody’s expecting anything out of Tennessee, and he’s such a good coach. I think he’s a hidden jewel, boy. I really do.”
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) August 9, 2018
It’s one thing for a talking head on the SEC Network or ESPN to be a big believer in Pruitt. There were analysts who were big believers in Butch Jones and numerous other failed head coaches.
But when a hall of fame coach like Bobby Bowden speaks, I tend to sit up and listen.
Bowden, who never worked with Pruitt, is likely familiar with the Vols’ new head coach from his time as Florida State’s defensive coordinator. The Seminoles won the national championship in Pruitt’s lone season at FSU, boasting the nation’s top scoring defense.
It was the Seminoles’ first national championship since Bowden led Florida State to victory against Virginia Tech in the 1999 BCS championship.
You won’t find many people more qualified to discuss who will or won’t be a successful head coach in college football than Bowden.
Hopefully for fans of the Vols, he’ll be right on this one.
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