Jeremy Pruitt has been on the job as Tennessee Vols head coach for not quite six months…
That means he hasn’t even coached a game for the Big Orange yet.
However, his new boss in former National Championship head coach Phil Fulmer gave him three things he’ll be judged on. Tuesday, Pruitt recited that story to the Knoxville rotary club.
#Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt says Phillip Fulmer looked him dead in the eye when he was hired and said, “The head coach at Tennessee is going to be judged on three games: Florida, Georgia and Alabama”.
A round of applause ensued at the Rotary clubs of Knoxville meeting. pic.twitter.com/B6K1rkx3rO
— Chierstin Susel (@ChierstinSusel) May 1, 2018
Of course, Vol fans in attendance loved hearing that. Tennessee has struggled to beat its three biggest rivals over the past 10-15 years. Alabama is currently on an eleven game winning streak. Butch Jones was able to beat Florida in 2016, which broke that eleven game losing streak to the Gators, but then lost this past fall. Success has been had against Georgia more recently, with Tennessee winning in back to back years (2015 and 2016), but a 41-0 shalacking in Neyland Stadium last fall made that confidence against the Bulldogs disappear.
Vols’ football coaches will always be judged based on their success against these three schools. But, with the current state of Tennessee Football getting “W’s” against the Kentucky’s, Vanderbilt’s, South Carolina’s and Missouri’s need to be must wins. Fans have a horrible taste in their mouths from losing to these programs way too often over the last decade.