Rather than continue to pontificate endlessly about what Tennessee’s hiring of Jeremy Pruitt might lead to — and, man, judging from the reactions I’ve seen on Dawg message boards and elsewhere, there’s a lot of concern — I thought I’d just gather a few tidbits in one last post on the subject, at least until he’s actually out there doing something that affects Georgia football.
- To no one’s surprise, Kevin Sherrer will be leaving Kirby Smart’s staff to join his good buddy as the Vols’ new defensive coordinator. I don’t think Kirby will lack for options in finding a replacement.
- Pruitt is raiding Mike Bobo’s CSU staff for two hires. Will Friend’s definitely has that “getting the band back together” flavor to it.
- Here’s a summary of what Tennessee is getting with Pruitt, from the vantage of someone who worked under Pruitt during his Georgia stint. No real surprises there, and I think this is something that the current UT roster ought to be mindful of: “He basically made half the players so uncomfortable that they really had no other choice but to transfer.”
- Pruitt’s first test will be how well he manages wearing two hats for the next month. That worked out with Kirby Smart and not so much with Lane Kiffin.
As for a last thought, while you read all the praise pouring in for Phil Fulmer making the best of a bad situation with the Pruitt hire — a situation that Fulmer helped foster by interfering in a hiring decision and using that to overthrow the sitting AD — keep in mind this observation from David Wunderlich.
Remember, Schiano is a defensive coordinator for one of the best coaches in college football who got run out of Urnge Town before he even got there. That Tennessee fans take solace in the Nick Saban seal of approval is one of this football season’s amusing ironies.