Mark Wiedmer tries to figure out what’s going on in Knoxville with the Steele hire and draws a blank, but the effort is certainly popcorn worthy.
The best part is speculation that it’s leverage to bring Rodney Garner back home, in a manner of speaking.
… Let’s say that Pruitt, in a last gasp to save his job, has convinced Fulmer that the hiring of Steele — and the believed wooing of Rodney Garner to fill the vacant defensive line position — is all he needs to turn things around.
Steele is reportedly signed through the 2022 season for an annual salary of $450,000, so one can’t help but wonder if the athletic director in Fulmer has come to the conclusion that spending $900,000 on Steele and however much more it may take to land Garner is far more fiscally responsible than throwing away millions of dollars to rid the program of Pruitt before a couple of more seasons — Pruitt’s contract is currently set to expire in 2026 — greatly lessen his buyout.
Yet given the way the program appears to be trending, is that smart?
One thing you can say about Vol football is that smart left the building a long time ago.