Jeremy Pruitt, we know, has no problem calling people out. Fresh off Tennessee’s spring game, he chose an interesting target: the fan base.
The Vols did have a somewhat generously announced attendance of 65,098 — the fifth-largest crowd to take in a UT spring game — but Pruitt would have liked to have seen more.
“I thought the Vol Walk was spectacular,” he said. “I don’t know how many fans we had. What was it? You guys probably know. To me, it’s kind of like our football team for the fans. The ones that were here, I’m proud they were here. They’re fired up, they’re ready to get going, OK? And then there were some people that wasn’t here that had legitimate reasons they couldn’t be here, aight. Then there was some people that wasn’t here that, why wasn’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. So, I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”
Nice use of “aight” there, by the way. But I digress.
Look, I’m more than happy to jab at Volnation when the opportunity arises, but when your team is coming off a 4-8 season that didn’t include a single win over an SEC opponent, and tens of thousands still show up for a meaningless scrimmage, perhaps a little more generosity would be in order.
You know, something like this.
Ordinarily I’d say there’s some terrific fodder for a dose of negative recruiting (“man, do you really want to go to a school where the head coach says the fans suck?”), but if Pruitt can’t do a better job of packaging his message, I’m not sure he’s gonna need any extra sales help.