Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt sounded a lot like Butch Jones in his opening statement after UT struggled to beat the Charlotte 49ers in Neyland Saturday Saturday evening.
Here’s what Pruitt said after the ugly 14-3 win.
I was really proud the way our guys found a way to get a win. At the end of the day, that’s what you’re trying to do.
That sounds eerily familiar to what Jones said in 2013 after the Vols narrowly beat South Alabama.
I’ve been doing this twenty plus years and every win is a good win. It’s extremely hard to win in college football. We needed to get to victory number three; we got to victory number three.
Before you start freaking out, I don’t think this is a sign of bad things to come for the Vols.
Pruitt was right to say what he said after the loss against Charlotte. And Jones was right when he said it in 2013.
Both Pruitt and Jones inherited programs that were in a bad situation. Growing pains and lackluster performances are part of the rebuilding process.
After a tough loss against South Carolina last week, Pruitt didn’t need to slam his team after an ugly win against Charlotte.
Is there a LOT of work to do for Tennessee moving forward?
Obviously there is. And Pruitt knows that. He mentioned after the game that his team didn’t run the ball very well and they didn’t block very well.
Pruitt: We’ve struggled to run the football all year. I don’t know why this game would be any different.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 3, 2018
The Vols, by the way, finished with only 20 rushing yards.
But at the end of the day, Tennessee didn’t lose the game. And in retrospect, this was a big time “trap” game for the Vols. UT was coming off an emotional loss to the Gamecocks and they probably weren’t prepared for Charlotte’s surprisingly stout defense.
It’ll be interesting to see how Tennessee responds with a home game against the Kentucky Wildcats next Saturday afternoon.
If the Vols come out firing on all cylinders, it’ll tell fans a lot about Jeremy Pruitt as a head coach.
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