By Jordan Wilks
Rainsville native, Jeremy Pruitt has taken backlash upon acceptance of his first collegiate head coaching job for the Tennessee Volunteers. CBS Sports Network analyst, Aaron Murray criticized Pruitt’s capability to be a head coach by saying, “I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach…It’s not just going in there and dealing with the kids and scheming up. There’s a lot that goes into it.” “He’s really good managing just a defense and being a defensive coordinator. He needs to prove to me that he can handle the whole ship. For right now, I don’t think he can.”
Pruitt responded on SEC Media Days by quoting his father, Dale Pruitt, who is also a Rainsville native saying, “As long as they pay their money, son, they can say whatever they want to.” Jeremy Pruitt also said, “I’m going to worry about the things that I can control, and I know who I am and I’m comfortable with that…I could probably name you a hundred high school coaches that are far more deserving than I am. I was just at the right place at the right time…and I’m going to try to do the best I possibly can just like I have with every other job.”
Former Alabama defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt stated that he had been greatly welcomed by Tennessee fans in Knoxville and he hopes to reward them with a team they can be proud of. Jeremy Pruitt will lead the Tennessee Volunteers on the field for their first game against West Virginia on September 1st.