Fair was on Pruitt’s staff in 2017. Jeremy didn’t make a good impression.
- “Everything that went on with that program, to me it was was not a surprise what happened. [That was] one of the huge reasons that I made the decision not to stay on board, probably one of the best decisions I made.”
- “I thought coming home was going to be the right thing, but in hindsight, it ended up being the worst thing.”
- “Probably the best decision I made was to leave here and get out from under that Pruitt era because I was miserable as a coach.”
- “I probably did more as a quality control [coach] when I was at UT under Butch Jones and Willie Martinez in my responsibilities and what I was allowed to do than when I came back, which was very disappointing.”
- “There were a lot of great coaches on that staff. If you allow coaches to do what they have to do to be successful you’re going to get the development from players you’re looking for. I think the reason you haven’t seen many players develop (at Tennessee) is because those coaches hadn’t been really able to take players under their wing and do the things they were brought here to do.”
- “You (Pruitt) haven’t allowed me to be myself since I’ve been here whether it’s coaching or on the recruiting trail.”
I guess the only coach Pruitt gave room to operate was Phil Fulmer.