When the Tennessee Vols hired Jeremy Pruitt to be their new head coach, there was an immediate concern, among some, that the former Alabama defensive coordinator could head back to Tuscaloosa to take over for Nick Saban at some point in the future.
Obviously there’s no reason to be concerned with that thought at the moment — Pruitt has yet to coach a game for the Vols — but it’s still something that will likely be in the back of Vol fans’ minds if he is successful in Knoxville.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer was asked on Thursday at the Big Orange Caravan stop in Chattanooga about the possibility of Pruitt leaving in the future.
Fulmer, for what it’s worth, is hoping that programs are after the first year head coach, because it will mean the Volunteers have experienced success.
Phillip Fulmer at the Big Orange Caravan in Chattanooga was asked about talk of Jeremy Pruitt leaving UT after a few years: “If whatever number of years it is, I hope somebody is trying to get him. That means we’ve done well. We’ll cross that bridge if it ever does.” pic.twitter.com/pAWsrRZw87
— Dan Harralson (@danharralson) May 10, 2018
No one knows if Pruitt will be at Tennessee ten years from now if he experiences significant success as the Vols’ head coach.
But I do feel confident that UT won’t have another Lane Kiffin situation on their hands.
Pruitt proved by coaching Alabama’s defense in the national championship game this past January that he’s a man of great character. He said he owed it to the kids he recruited/coached to be there for them.
I have a feeling it’ll be difficult for Pruitt to leave Tennessee if other programs come calling.
Even if one of those other programs ends up being Alabama.
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