Jeremy Pruitt has failed as the Tennessee Vols head coach.
It’s over. Maybe not officially, but Pruitt’s tenure as Tennessee’s head coach will be over sooner rather than later.
UT’s football program isn’t getting better. In fact, it’s getting worse.
The Vols aren’t competitive against ranked teams. They look no better in 2020 than they did in 2018.
(Beating Auburn in 2018, in Pruitt’s first season as UT’s head coach, then losing to them 30-17 in 2020 isn’t a good look.)
At this point, keeping Pruitt as the head coach is only delaying the inevitable.
Pruitt hasn’t been able to develop talent at Tennessee. He hasn’t turned the Vols’ defense into a premier unit. Tennessee looks slow, under-coached, and confused nearly every game.
I can’t think of any reason that fans would have any faith in Pruitt right now. Pruitt looks absolutely clueless on the sideline. The Vols have no identity. Every game is the same thing — Jarrett Guarantano starts at quarterback, UT falls behind and then a young quarterback enters the game far too late to make a difference.
How much more do Tennessee fans need to see? How much more does UT’s administration need to see?
Pruitt might be a great coordinator, but he’s not a head coach. He has no idea how to lead a program.
Tennessee was hoping for the next Nick Saban when they hired Pruitt. Instead, they got the next Will Muschamp.
I have no idea where the Vols should go from here. Begging for Hugh Freeze would be a futile request. Tennessee never hires the “hot name”.
What I do know, however, is that Pruitt isn’t the answer. If the Vols stick with Pruitt, they’ll be worse off than they were in late 2017 when Butch Jones was fired.
Tennessee has to make a change. And they have to make it soon. The future of the program is on the line.
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