Low bar in Knoxville

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.

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20 responses to “Low bar in Knoxville

  1. Down Island Way

    Donut hole phil is setting himself up for the dismissal of the low bar ut hc and taking over the current contract and new extension…

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  2. “There is no greater mismatch in college football than Jimmy Sexton and an SEC AD.” You got that right. Dude is a magician. We should send HIM the next time we need to negotiate with Iran.

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  3. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Said it yesterday… Jimmy Sexton is the only man with an undefeated record in the SEC. he slays idiot ADs!

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  4. NotMyCrossToBear

    What do you have to do to not get a raise in CFB? Get fired is the only thing I can think of.

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  5. KornDawg

    Are they afraid this dude is gonna leave for a better job?

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  6. Harold Miller

    Can you imagine what Sexton is going to ask for if Pruitt gets this team to actually win a big game?

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  7. On one hand, UT needs the long term stability.

    On the other hand, I feel like UT has done this before several times over and has not worked out well.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      I think the big problem is they brought in a guy to implement “The Process” who is not nearly the recruiter Saban and Kirby is, so that combined with Tennessee’s severe lack of local recruiting blu chippers will make for a lot of disappointing 8-4 seasons.

      They really needed to bring in someone who has a proven offensive system that wins without needing the best recruits. Instead Pruitt thankfully took Chaney off our hands whose system is specifically predicated on needing blue chippers everywhere to succeed.

      I give Pruitt until the middle of next season before the hillbillies truly turn on him and he’s gone sometime in 2022.

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  8. godawgs1701

    Weak bowl opponent?! Sir, point of order! The Indiana Hoosiers were the best defense this side of the 1985 Bears and the most high flying offense since the 2001 Miami Hurricanes. Tennessee’s stirring come-from-behind victory was pulse pounding and glorious and it signaled the coming return to Big Orange Glory! There’s momentum in Knoxville, sir, and you’d best be prepared to watch Jeremy Pruitt lifting the SEC Championship Trophy in the Georgia Dome in December!!

    What? They tore down the Georgia Dome? Why the hell would they do that? We haven’t been to Atlanta in a long time, we had no idea…

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      Hahahaha! Let’s now cut to Stupid Arthur Blank and ask him if he still believes “momentum” can be carried over from one football season to the next after being utterly fooled twice by Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff.

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  9. 123fakest

    Congratulations, Captain Underpants.

    Those with kids know.

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  10. It seems that ADs get suckered into extensions and raises by the perception in the world of recruiting. If a coach doesn’t get an extension, that means the seat is hot when the message really is the team’s performance last year doesn’t warrant an extension even though the coach isn’t in trouble.

    Jimmy Sexton vs. athletic directors … in the words of Johnny Miller (or Roger Maltbie) when describing a shot by Tiger out of the rough on the par 5 6th in the 2000 US Open to reach the green in 2, “it’s just not a fair fight.”

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  11. Pruitt is a helluva recruiter and probably an even better talent evaluator. He’s going to leave Phil a lot more talent than Phil left Lane.

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  12. Austen Bannan

    UT closed out beating UK by 4, Mizzou by 4, Vandy by 18, and Indiana by 1. Just because that would be a cause for “concern” in Athens doesn’t mean Knoxville should fail to see that as title contender material, folks.

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