It’s to be expected with Tennessee coming to town that there’d be a retrospective or two about Jeremy Pruitt’s time in Athens. We get a couple of good examples of that from Seth Emerson ($$) and Marc Weiszer.
I won’t say there are any surprises about the picture that emerges from those two pieces. The kids who played for Pruitt respect him deeply. He’s favorably portrayed as someone who brought the Process to Athens and cleared the path for Kirby Smart to elevate the program.
There’s the baggage, too. Pruitt was a polarizing figure because he lacked the skills or the patience, or maybe both, to deal with the higher-ups in a productive way. This quote from Greg McGarity speaks volumes about that.
Asked about Pruitt, athletic director Greg McGarity said: “I’ll just say what Mark Richt said. Jeremy is at Tennessee now. We’re here at Georgia and we’ll just leave it at that.”
How that mix plays out in Knoxville remains to be seen. One advantage Pruitt has there over Athens is that he’s got an athletic director who’s invested in him. It remains to be seen how far that goes.