Auburn fired head coach Gus Malzahn on Sunday afternoon.
The move came less than 24 hours after the Tigers beat Mississippi State in Starkville.
Malzahn has never had a losing season at Auburn. But the program obviously feels he’s not the coach who is going to get the Tigers back to a championship level.
Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt is unlikely to suffer the same fate as Malzahn. After a win against Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville, it appears that Pruitt’s job is safe (as safe as it can be at least).
If Pruitt returns to Knoxville in 2021, however, some changes have to be made.
Jim Chaney isn’t getting it done as the Vols’ offensive coordinator. I don’t know what the deal is, but the marriage between him and Pruitt simply isn’t working.
That’s why I think Pruitt needs to be on the phone calling up Malzahn and begging him to come to Tennessee to call plays for the Vols in 2021.
Malzahn has a bright offensive mind. And like Pruitt, he comes from the high school ranks.
Pruitt needs to hand the offense over to someone and let them have complete control of it. I could see him trusting a guy like Malzahn.
Plus, Malzahn is someone who is probably better suited to be a coordinator. But his head coaching experience could help him essentially be the CEO of Tennessee’s offense.
The former Auburn head coach could also help with quarterback development (and quarterback recruiting), which is an area where UT desperately needs help.
If Tennessee is going to retain Pruitt, this is a move that would make a lot of sense. And I think it would make the program a lot better in 2021 and beyond.
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