Thanks to Jeremy Pruitt’s recent success on the field and on the recruiting trail, there’s been some questions about whether or not he would leave the Tennessee Vols in the future to replace Nick Saban at Alabama.
I recently detailed why I think Pruitt will be high on Alabama’s list when Saban eventually retires.
(Charlie Burris and I also discussed Pruitt and the Alabama job this week on the Big Orange Podcast, which you should give a listen.)
On Thursday, The Atheltic’s David Ubben threw out a Pruitt/Bama nugget in his Vols mailbag.
A reader asked Ubben about whether or not he could see Pruitt leaving Tennessee for Alabama.
Within Ubben’s response, he said this:
multiple people close to Pruitt have told me multiple times he knows replacing Saban is a thankless job he doesn’t have much interest in doing.
Pruitt is a smart, self-aware guy. And everyone knows that replacing Saban would be the toughest gig in America. Pruitt would almost certainly be viewed as a failure unless he was able to guide Alabama to the College Football Playoff on a yearly basis AND deliver a national championship at least every other year.
There’s simply too much pressure to win at Alabama at this point. That’s the reason Saban almost left for Texas in 2012/13.
The New York Times reported in 2015 that Saban was ready to leave Alabama in 2012/13 because of the “special pressure” to win in Tuscaloosa. Had Mack Brown retired after 2012, instead of after 2013, Saban might not be at Alabama today.
Pruitt was at Alabama in 2012, so it’s very likely that he’s had some of those conversations with Saban about the pressure that he felt as the Tide’s head coach.
I’m sure Alabama will come hard after Pruitt (and Dabo Swinney) when Saban retires. But it sounds like Pruitt, at least for now, has no desire to return to the Yellow Hammer state.
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