It may be a sign of sanity coming from the UT fan base to admit what appears obvious from the outside as Pruitt’s search for a new offensive coordinator has bogged down.
Barring a total unmitigated disaster for the coordinator spot—which would be very hard to do considering even Will Friend and Joe Osovet have decent track records—the plan for Pruitt still includes four years to prove himself. If the hire is a success, everyone forgets this discussion. If it is not, he will make a tough decision, probably after the third or four year. If it has gotten to that point, it is likely that Tennessee has not won enough over the past couple of seasons. That next hire would be the make or break hire.
It might be cliche, but taking the balanced view of the coaching search is probably the most accurate one. There is not mass chaos behind the scenes, nor is there an elaborate master plan. It is a first-time head coach learning lessons about program management.
What’s missing that would make that an even more accurate observation is acknowledging Fulmer’s role in the process, but baby steps, you know…