Pruitt, unsurprisingly, was asked about Tennessee. Specifically, he was asked if he had a message for Vols fans.
His answer included a comment about new Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel.
“I think for any fan base, it’s just patience,” said Pruitt. “Everbody wants it right now and nobody wants it more than the players and the coaches. I think if you look at Tennessee this past year, I think Josh and his staff have done a really, really great job of transitioning. That’s always tough when you replace a staff.”
“I think they did an outstanding job. I think they’re building something there — especially on offense. If you can score as many as they can, you’re dangerous every week.”
It’s clear that Pruitt was keeping a close eye on the Vols this past year, just a season after he was dismissed as Tennessee’s head coach (as a result of a recruiting scandal that rocked the program in late 2020/early 2021).
While there’s obviously some bad blood between Pruitt and Tennessee — he threatened legal action, via his lawyer, against the program because they didn’t pay his buyout — he hasn’t let that bleed over to how he views Heupel and the new staff at UT.
I don’t know that we’ll ever hear Pruitt’s full version of events about what happened at Tennessee. And that’s fine, it doesn’t really matter. The damage is done at this point and the Vols are well on their way to rebuilding the program under Heupel.
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