One of the biggest challenges that Jeremy Pruitt faced when he took over as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach was fixing the broken culture that previous head coach Butch Jones left behind.
When Jones was fired in 2017, the culture at Tennessee could best be described as toxic (a disastrous final season for Jones, combined with a coaching search that made UT a laughingstock and included a fired athletic director is only the beginning of the story).
Pruitt is, for lack of a more creative term, a “football guy”. He’s a lifer in the sport. Pruitt knows what a good locker room looks like. He knows what kind of culture needs to be in place for a program to have success.
One part of that culture is having players that hold other players accountable. When that happens, it makes the coaches’ jobs a lot easier.
And it looks like it’s happening in Tennessee.
Just check out how kicker Brent Cimaglia held Will Albright accountable after a bad snap in the season-opener against South Carolina.
Tennessee kicker @bmancimaglia talking to long snapper Will Albright after his bad snap.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) September 28, 2020
That might be the most encouraging thing I saw from the Vols on Saturday night in Columbia.
This is a sure sign that Pruitt has the right culture in place for Tennessee to eventually win championships.
And I think any football coach would tell you that creating a winning, passionate culture is one of the toughest parts of building a championship program.
It looks like Pruitt already has the right culture in place for the Vols.
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