Tennessee Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt announced on Wednesday that junior wide receiver Jordan Murphy is no longer with the UT football program.
Murphy’s departure comes after he retweeted a tweet making fun of Tennessee’s loss to Georgia State over the weekend.
— Jake Nichols (@jnichols_2121) September 2, 2019
On the surface, this looks terrible for Tennessee. A wide receiver making light of one of the biggest losses in program history and then leaving the program is never a good look. Some might even say it’s indicative of culture problems.
But I don’t think that’s the case at all. I think Murphy, who Pruitt said left the program on his own accord, made some poor decisions. I think what we’ve seen from him this week is reflective of him as a person and not of the program or Pruitt. Or the rest of the team.
For what it’s worth, I didn’t think his tweet was that big of a deal. People tweet dumb things all the time in the moment. It’s no worse than someone sticking their foot in their mouth. It happens. We’re all human.
Murphy’s decision to leave the team, however, shows that he was never fully invested in Tennessee football. And if that’s the case, the program will be better off without him on the team.
Just because a player leaves after a bad loss, it doesn’t mean there are problems with the program. It just means that player didn’t have what it takes to stick through some adversity. Murphy leaving absolutely doesn’t reflect poorly on Pruitt in any way.
The Vols have a tough hill to climb if they’re going to turn the season around and finish as a bowl eligible team. They’re going to need a locker room full of committed players.
As of Wednesday, there’s one less non fully committed player on the team.
If there are any more on the roster, I’m sure they’ll be weeded in the not-so-distant future.
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