Chip Towers constructs the timeline for the Pruitt hire:
… For better or worse, Jeremy Pruitt was Georgia’s first and only choice.
Think about it. At the earliest, it would have been Sunday before Mark Richt could have turned his attention to hiring a replacement for Todd Grantham. It wasn’t until after Georgia’s basketball game against Alabama that the Bulldogs were informed of Grantham’s offer from Louisville, and Grantham said he needed some time to think about it. quickly replied that they would be making not attempt to match it. By Monday night, Pruitt was in Athens and he was the Bulldogs’ coach by lunchtime Tuesday.
“We had a 4 o’clock meeting the day (Monday) after Coach Grantham told me (he was leaving),” Richt said. “Within 24 hours we had another 4 o’clock meeting and I introduced Coach Pruitt to the players. So it did happen fast and I’m thankful it did. But I’m most thankful we got the right man for the job.”
This wasn’t the result of some long-range plan. It sounds like an opportunity arose, Friend reached out to Pruitt and Pruitt grabbed it. What made the deal go was that Jeremy Pruitt really wanted to coach in Athens.
But multiple times, Pruitt said the main reason he’s now at Georgia was, “the guy sitting next to me right here,” referring to Richt. They’d first met when Pruitt was a high school assistant and brought over a couple of prospects from Ft. Payne High.
“I said then that was somebody I wanted to work for if I ever got a chance,” Pruitt said.
As for leaving the FSU and Jimbo Fisher, for whom he worked only one year and won a national championship in that one, Pruitt was succinct in his explanation.
“Coach Fisher and me are good friends, but when I decided what I wanted to do, I let him know and that was it,” Pruitt said.
I admit that one of my first thoughts hearing the news was that if Pruitt lives up to expectations, it’s hard to see him with the program beyond his three-year deal. That’s probably still true, but maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful longer-term friendship. In any event, it’s good to have another guy on staff who wants to be there.