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Pruitt prepares for upcoming UT football season

12 January, 2018, 17:47 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The head coach of Team B spent nine recent seasons coaching defense at Team A. The defensive coordinator of Team A spent two recent seasons coordinating defense at Team B. The defensive coordinator of Team B spent one recent season as associate head coach and defensive backs coach of Team A.

Or maybe he was talking to candidates for his staff in Knoxville.

"I'm excited to finally be in Knoxville and getting started", Pruitt said on Wednesday in his first press conference as the UT head coach since his introduction to Rocky Top last month. Pruitt says he has known Helton since 2004.

Whether it was a successful one depends on what happens against Georgia in tonights national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Should I spend these 45 minutes trying to figure out how to stop Sony (Michel) and Nick (Chubb)? The Vols lost eight games for the first time in program history in 2017, when fifth-year coach Butch Jones was sacked with two games remaining in the regular season. He no longer has to balance two SEC jobs at once.

Pruitt will receive a $234,000 bonus for helping the Tide win their title.

"I think he's done a tremendous job", Smart said.

Pruitt has learned the hard way how hard this balancing act is to pull off.

A dead period in college football recruiting ends today, which will allow Tennessee's staff to spend more time recruiting ahead of the traditional signing period that begins February 7. His Vols signed 14 recruits, and their class sits 16th nationally, just ahead of the rival Gators. Those are problems for next week — after he gets through one of the biggest games of his career. For instance, Pruitt and Sherrer played together at Alabama. He coordinated the dominant defense that helped Florida State win the 2013 national title.

It's been a whirlwind month for Pruitt, who juggled recruiting for Tennessee and game-planning for the College Football Playoff after being named the Vols' 26th head coach on December 7. "And I think that's sometimes a lost art in some organizations". "I think he's going to have the same success that Kirby had".

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A robot who knows his opponent nearly uncomfortably well.

During press conferences for the College Football Playoffs, Pruitt made clear his only hat on the recruiting trail was a 'Power T'.

"This is something that's going to take time", Pruitt said.

While the games outcome likely depends on whether Pruitts new defenders can tackle the Georgia duo tonight, the coaching ties might be as interesting as the impending slugfest.

Pruitt's defense allowed an 80-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter but otherwise shut down Georgia's potent offense after halftime in Alabama's 26-23 overtime victory Monday, marking the fifth time he's been associated with a national championship team. At least three Bulldogs assistants previously worked for Saban, including outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer.

That unusual relationship led to some weird evening phone calls after practice.

"Were so strapped for time", Sherrer said. "If we want to get what we want, then we better get started". There will be no talk of the Vols, or friendships, or the last insane month.

Tonight, it will be all business for Pruitt.

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