Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t beaten Alabama. Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t beaten Florida. Jeremy Pruitt hasn’t beaten Georgia.
Jeremy Pruitt has yet to win an opener, something even his mediocre predecessors managed to accomplish.
Tennessee started out 1-2 last season, with embarrassing losses to Georgia State and BYU, and was bailed out by November schedule tailwinds and a weak bowl opponent to finish with a winning record.
For all those accomplishments, Jeremy Pruitt received a raise and a contract extension.
University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt has agreed to a contract extension through the 2025 season, according to an announcement Thursday from athletic director Phillip Fulmer.
When Pruitt was hired in December 2017, he took over a program that had just experienced its first eight-loss season in history, but he has provided stability and optimism with 5-7 and 8-5 records his first two seasons. Last season’s team won its final six games, including a 23-22 comeback victory over Indiana at the Gator Bowl, and the Volunteers have the No. 6 class of 2021 commitments, according to the 247Sports.com team rankings.
The extension terms include a compensation jump from $3.8 million this year to $4.2 million in 2021.
“I’m excited that this extension gives Jeremy the runway to continue to build on the momentum and energy we have around our football program coming out of last season,” Fulmer said in a UT release.
There is no greater mismatch in college football than Jimmy Sexton and an SEC AD.