Springtime in Knoxville

Just a couple of quick Urnge tidbits to share with you:

  • The Vols are so short-handed on the offensive line this spring that it may affect the format of their spring game:  “Pruitt would like to play a standard football game with two full teams. That won’t happen without at least 10 healthy offensive linemen, walk-ons included, available to fill out the rosters.”  Right now, that’s questionable because it appears he’s only got eight healthy ones.
  • Georgia received a verbal commitment this weekend from the number three player in the state of Tennessee.  Number two previously committed to LSU and number one is uncommitted, which means UT currently has a goose egg recruiting the top three players on its home turf.

Sounds like Phil Fulmer’s master plan is right on track.

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21 responses to “Springtime in Knoxville

  1. Dawg1

    As long as our fence holds and we all grab one of their top guys, it’ll be very tough for them to make up the difference, even though UT still has a little national pop.

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  2. Brandon

    Unfortunately, I think Pruitt is a good coach and will improve them on the field which will improve their crootin’. I am holding out hope that their administration and fanbase will run him off before then. If anybody can screw it up, Big Urnge nation can.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Pruitt is a good assistant but he’s always had the advantage of walking into situations with great talent. He’s never had to recruit as a loser. He failed to move the needle in the last recruiting class and he’s off to a mediocre start in this one, too. Good coach or not, you can’t win without talent, and it’s hard to recruit talent when you aren’t winning. How patient are the Vols gonna be? They still think they’re a sleeping dynasty. And Phil Fulmer is nothing if not a backstabber who will throw Pruitt under the bus if it makes him look good.

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      • Greg

        “Pruitt is a good assistant but he’s always had the advantage of walking into situations with great talent. He’s never had to recruit as a loser”

        2013 (before Pruitt) – UGA ranked 79th nationally in scoring defense.
        2014 (Pruitt) – Dawgs improve to 16th nationally in scoring defense.
        2015 (Pruitt) – Dawgs improve again to 8th nationally in scoring defense.

        I was glad of the time he spent at UGA, he was part of turning the defense around… and it has carried on (new staff) until last year. It is okay to hate, but do your homework before you post such nonsense.

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        • Macallanlover

          Little relevance of what he did as a dedicated defensive assistant to what he will face as a HC managing all facets of the program. His skill set seems poorly aligned to what he now faces, but who knows, he may surprise. I would love him as a DC but he would be way down on my list of candidates to manage personnel, schmooze with the donors/fans, be the face of the program, etc. Pruitt’s maturity and ability to manage conflict will be something to follow. As others have said, there isn’t any quick fix for what TN faces and fans expecting immediate results may lead to the tension that could cause Cone Head to unravel. Popcorn is on order.

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        • Sanford222view

          He is talking about the team as a whole not what the defense was ranked. Georgia was not viewed as losing program when Pruitt arrived and the defense didn’t suffer from a lack of talent. Neither did Bama or FSU.

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        • ChiliDawg

          How do you figure any of the stats you posted refute what I said? You took the time to do the homework, perhaps take the time to actually read the assignment before you post such nonsense.

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          • Greg

            LAWD!….Pruitt is a good assistant but he’s always had the advantage of walking into situations with great talent.

            No offense dude, but I would not say he walked into a situation where he had “great talent” at UGA (see’13, 79th nationally). I thought he did a helluva job at Georgia, recruiting and coaching (16th nationally in scoring D’ -’14, 8th in ’15). We were lucky to have him. Who knows how he will do at UT, I have no clue….but I would not be surprised if he does well. Personally, I hope he falls on his ass…..fock UT!

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            • ChiliDawg

              No offense DUDE, but I think you should Google “straw man.”

              Then go research recruiting rankings for three years leading up to 2014.

              Then go sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done.

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        • Erk's Forehead

          Hopefully, Pruitt can conquer his alcoholism. But @ UT, I’m not sure.

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          He has a good defensive mind. He reminds me of Jim Donnan except he can’t recruit and stays at more than an arms length from a pissed off assistant coach. But he has a similar ass hattery about him.

          just sayin’

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        • Kdawg

          He was saying that Pruitt was a good assistant. Yea, he improved our D greatly and I wanted him to stay but honestly Grantham should have never been hired. Also, he’s never been a head coach before. Its a totally different ball game. He’s got Fat Phil following him on recruiting visits. That tells you a little about Phil’s greasy doo doo smelling fingers being shoved into that program right off the start. Worst of luck to them!

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  3. I think reality is starting to finally land on the average UT Fan. They remind me so much of UGA fan’s 20 years ago. They see the program where it was in the 90’s. It took 3 losses in a row to Tech for Dawg fans to finally figure out that the program was mediocre at best. UT fans have been the world’s worst at talking ‘smack’, while losing a lot more than they were winning. You noted that the state’s # 2 or #3 (depending on who you want to believe) committed to UGA yesterday. Reality is finally sinking in; with the 247 UT writer pointing out that Georgia signed more 5 Stars and 4 Stars last year (22) then the entire UT class of 20.

    I do think they’ll get better under CJP; but I’m not sure the UT fan base is prepared for the pain that is coming there way first and if they’ll show the patience to give him the time to do it the right way.

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  4. TomReagan

    That Norton kid has some good film. JD

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  5. Brandon

    Greatest hits from Volnation today: 1) Some UT fan said the bottom line is that Kirby is “a snake oil salesmen who gets results”. I don’t think he understands what a snake oil salesmen is. That’s like calling someone a brave coward. 2) Another guy actually said we had to “replace 15 starters ON DEFENSE”. Check out the “Bill Norton” thread on their recruiting forum. It’s comedy gold.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Have we ever signed a recruit from the state of Tennessee that turned out to be any good? Let’s hope Cade Mays changes that. I see that state as a recruiting wasteland, except for very rare exceptions like Reggie White.

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  6. Argondawg

    Their roster is pretty awful and super thin. Their schedule is not kind. They have to play WVU at a neutral site and Bama and the Barn from the west. I think they lose to us, USCe and the Gators. Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri will not be easy for them. This is a serious uphill climb. One unexpected loss and he is home again in December.

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  7. Cojones

    Computer ignorant me can’t place the musical emoji here, but hopefully you get the idea of the music from “The Producers” :

    Springtime for Knoxville and Germany….

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Well done, Cojones. If no one else had clocked that, I was gonna offer a tip of the cap… Come to think of it, tip of the cap anyway, Senator.

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