Seat Starting To Warm Up For Jeremy Pruitt At Tennessee

Everyone likes Jeremy Pruitt. The head coach has done some good things at Tennessee. But that program in Knoxville is starting to head in the wrong direction. The latest double-digit loss to Auburn on Saturday proves that.

Once again, things looked promising early for the Vols.

They took an early 10-0 lead against the Tigers, but things fell apart from there. Auburn proceeded to outscore Pruitt’s squad 30-7 for a final score of 30-17, which dropped Tennessee’s record to 2-6 on the season. That’s not going to get it done, and Pruitt knows that.

Everyone knows the struggles start at the quarterback position. Senior Jarrett Guarantano continues to fall well short of early expectations, and that was put on full display when he tossed a 100-yard pick six to Smoke Monday to give Auburn a 20-10 lead.

The options behind Guarantano aren’t much better, and it’s impossible to win in the SEC without quality play at that position. It can be done to some degree (ask Georgia), but you have to be loaded with enough talent to compensate.

Tennessee is not in that position at this time, but there is enough talent in that program that should keep them from being 2-6. For that reason, Pruitt’s seat might be heating up.

The third-year head coach did just sign an extension before the season, so athletic director Phil Fulmer might not be ready to make a move in 2020. But if things don’t turn around quickly, Pruitt’s status as the leading man in Knoxville could come into question.

According to OutKick owner Clay Travis, the time to make a change might be now if the Vols can’t get something done next Saturday against Vanderbilt. And that change might include going after another former SEC coach, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze.

Wouldn’t that be a wild switch?

It would be quite the turnaround for Tennessee to move on this year. But with the way things are going, it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility. Let’s see how the Vols look against the Commodores next weekend (I can’t believe I’m actually saying that).

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. What a disaster. The circus of 2017 plays on. Pruitt’s only credentials were he latched on to a few good staffs because he had some high school connections and Tennessee not only takes a huge reach on this guy, but then gives him one of the highest coaching staff budgets in the country. And then Fulmer and Pruitt give themselves raises and extensions – with no success or pending interest from outside??? Tennessee fans are left to suffer – they spend your money like liberal bureaucrats, give no return on investment and then talk to you like you’re stupid when you ask for an explanation. Not only can Pruitt not coach, but he sounds like a complete hayseed representing the University – “Well he done good in practice this week so I thought he might be good this time, a’ight”.

    The guy can’t care or he wouldn’t keep sending that kid out at qb. Nobody who cared would continue that delusion for this long; they would try anything else by this point. It is a joke, and now regardless Pruitt and Fulmer will either take the school further down the hole or walk away as rich men and Tennessee will be stuck to figure out how to hopefully one day turn the program around. A day that is starting to look doubtful.

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