ATLANTA, GA (WAFF) - A 4-8 record is what it took for Butch Jones to be fired in 2017. There wasn't any success from Derek Dooley prior to that. The last coach to win anything at Tennessee of significance is now Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer.
Alabama native Jeremy Pruitt will try and restore The Vols to an SEC power.
"Well I think everybody in our program, our coaches, our players, our administration, our fans, I think everybody's headed in the right direction," Pruitt said earlier Wednesday morning at SEC Media Days in Atlanta. "Our fan base is hungry, our players are hungry. As you go across the Southeast, you encounter so many Tennessee fans. They are everywhere. You can feel the passion, you can feel the energy, and it excites me and it's an honor to represent this fan base."
Pruitt is one of six new head coaches in the SEC this season already drawing criticism from media members. Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said of Pruitt that his personality is fit to be a Head Coach.
"Well, first of all, I coached against Aaron and he was a fantastic player, great competitor, but I grew up a coaches son. So when you're standing on the sideline, and your dad's team is going 2-8, the folks in the stands... even in Rainsville, Alabama... they're not real happy," said Pruitt.
"So I realized at an early age, that everybody has an opinion, and my dad said as long they pay their money son, they can say what they want to. I'm gonna worry about the things I control, and I know who I am and I'm comfortable with that," Pruitt added.
Pruitt and Tennessee open the season September first against West Virginia in Charlotte.
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