Former Tennessee Vols head coach Butch Jones left such a negative impact during his time in Knoxville that words like “youth” and “resiliency” still give UT fans frightening flashbacks.
Fortunately for Vol fans, Jeremy Pruitt, the man Phillip Fulmer hired to turn Tennessee around, is the opposite of the cliché spewing Jones.
Pruitt is as no-nonsense as it gets. It’s something we’ve discussed ad nauseam at this point, but there are still notable quotes from Pruitt that come up on a weekly basis that are, simply put, refreshing.
Jones spent a great deal of his time at Tennessee telling the media that his team couldn’t use youth as an excuse, while simultaneously using youth as an excuse.
Butch Jones wasn’t shy about the youth of his football team. Says nearly 50 percent are going through their 1st college football season.
— Greg Ostendorf (@greg_ostendorf) July 15, 2014
Butch Jones says 33 percent of Tennessee’s travel roster played last year against Georgia.
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) September 24, 2014
Vols coach Butch Jones says only 12 players on his travel roster played at UF in 2013
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) September 23, 2015
Yeah, Jones kind of talked out of both sides of his mouth.
But not Pruitt. What you see is what is what you get. And what you’re not getting is excuses.
During Vol Calls on Wednesday night, Pruitt was asked about Tennessee’s youth.
His response was beautiful.
Jeremy Pruitt when asked on Vol Calls last night about Tennessee playing a lot of young guys: “Yeah, well I don’t think at the coin toss they’re going to ask everybody’s age. I don’t think that matters.”
— Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) August 30, 2018
Hearing that from Pruitt, after five years of suffering through Butch Jones press conferences, is beyond refreshing.
If Jones is a cold, rainy February afternoon, then Pruitt is a brisk, sunny October Saturday.
I don’t know how many games Pruitt will win at Tennessee, but at least I won’t be flabbergasted after every press conference.
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