It’s a good thing Tennessee already has an IPF.

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.

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32 responses to “It’s a good thing Tennessee already has an IPF.

  1. Greg

    That’s hawt……

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  2. Don’t think anyone would accuse Pruitt of having good judgment about people and a good attitude. Also think he also needs to work on his grammar.

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  3. Ozam

    Who knew the Oxford English dictionary included the word “aight.” Go figure.

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  4. ChiliDawg

    This is just the earliest manifestation of the sort of thing some of us thought could be problematic for him in a HC role. The first time he does something stupid that costs them a game, everyone will remember his criticism toward the fans and they will be relentless.

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    • Brandon

      Precisely, on Volnation right now they are about split between the view that a) this is idiotic of him to attack the fans and b) he is a tough guy telling us the truth. How quickly those in the “b” camp will turn on him when he loses and he’s now thumbed the eye of what sane Vol fans there are. There is a fine line between being a disciplinarian and being like that guy in Animal House who ended up being shot in Vietnam by his own troops. This reeks of the latter. All Pruitt may know how to do is play bad cop but the HC has also got to inspire some devotion also to inspire those under him to fight for him. I think Pruitt is great with X’s and O’s and up until now I have primarily pinned by hopes of a continuing urnge dumpster fire on Fulmer’s meddling but now I am hopeful some of you guys who followed his conflict with Richt closely are right in that he’s fully capable of screwing this up on his own. If that be the case, with the Fulmer presence also, this is almost satisfaction guaranteed from a Dawg fan perspective.

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      • Bill Glennon

        “There is a fine line between being a disciplinarian and being like that guy in Animal House who ended up being shot in Vietnam by his own troops.”

        You are talking about Doug Neidermeyer (Faber ’63). What’s interesting is that UT Tight ends coach is named Brian Neidermeyer. See link.

        http://utsports.com/coaches.aspx?rc=3025&path=football

        Any relation? Maybe the Senator knows. He was in school with Doug Neidermayer at Faber and allegedly threatened to kill him prior his expulsion.

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        • Brandon

          LOL, “a pledge pin!”.

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          • Chi-town Dawg

            Semi-related side story…I was once working on an assignment just north of Milwaukee, WI. The client recommended we go to a bar/restaurant called Libby’s Montana for dinner because it was owned by the guy who played Niedermeyer in Animal House. We went there and sure enough there he was making the rounds. He looked a lot older, but we got him to say the “pledge pin” line and it sounded exactly like the movie.

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  5. Tony Barnfart

    You would think the highest paid public employee in the state would understand subject verb agreement. “The people that wasn’t” /jesuschrist

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    • gastr1

      He’s an idiot and an asshole. What a combination. He’ll be president soon, I can just see it

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      • Tony Barnfart

        The standoffish Saban approach is a huge gamble. It basically eliminates any sort of grace period you have whatsoever. Win and you look like a genius who was born to be a football coach. Lose and you have a media and fanbase happy to run you out on the next train leaving town. Your ability to market any aspect of your program completely nosedives in a hurry. A fanbase initially refreshed with a no nonsense, tough love approach quickly morphs into “get this redneck idiot OUT OF HERE!”

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        • Brandon

          And the best I can recollect Saban did not go full Saban early on in his career at Michigan State or LSU, the leeway he is now allowed is backed up by his 5 national championships as a head coach, something Lex Luthor currently does not have.

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          • Stoopnagle

            Plus, he walked in at Tuscaloosa with a national title and Bama a bit desperate because Rich Rod turned them down.

            Jesus, Rich Rod turned them down.

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      • Tony Barnfart

        what is Jeremy Pruitt’s reaction going to be when a few losses start mounting if he’s already attacking his own fanbase over attendance at the spring game ?

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    • Stoopnagle

      Thank you.

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  6. One step closer to reigniting the dumpster fire that is Tennessee football

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  7. steve

    Is this sort of like the donkey pinning the tail on the children at the birthday party?

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  8. TMC DAWG

    An so the crap ball at UT starts building. Can’t wait until the end of the year to see how big the fire is in Knoxville

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  9. Mike Cooley

    Wasn’t Niedermeyer also The Maestro in an episode of Seinfeld? He was also referenced in an episode of The Twilight Zone when a bunch of Vietnam vets expressed their regret over killing him. Lol.

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  10. Cosmic Dawg

    Telling me as a fan “to look in the mirror to see who I want to be” is absurd.

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    • ChiliDawg

      Picturing a bunch of pot-bellied middle-aged men posing in the bathroom mirror at home imaging how much they’d like to look like Thor.

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  11. Russ

    This is precisely what I expected out of him. It’s going to be fun to watch.

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  12. JoshG

    A man from Rainsville, Alabama doesn’t like Tennessee fans? Say what?

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  13. ChiliDawg

    Then there was some people that wasn’t here that, why wasn’t they here?

    Can we just take a moment to talk about how shamefully awful this man’s speech is? I get we don’t expect the football coaches to be English professors but this is supposedly a goddamned University, right? I’m pretty sure Ed Orgeron sounds more refined than this.

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  14. Stoopnagle

    Remember when Butch Jones was a tough guy who was no-nonsense, bringing truth to Vol Nation along with his recruiting prowess? Good times.

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