Most college football coaches have a reputation for being hard-nosed, tough dictator like figures that demand the most from their players — at all times.

Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt certainly has a reputation for being a tough, no non-sense coach. But he also has a big heart, and he showed it on Friday.

The Vols’ TaxSlayer Bowl practices got underway on Friday.

But not everyone on Tennessee’s roster was present.

That’s because Pruitt let the Volunteers who graduated on Friday skip practice to spend time with their families.

It’s moments like this where it’s clear that as much as Pruitt is consumed by all things football, he still has the right perspective in life. Football is fleeting. An education is forever.

Tennessee, by the way, had 12 football players graduate on Friday.

Featured image via Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


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