Is Tennessee’s new head coach Jeremy Pruitt capable of cleaning up Butch Jones’ mess in Knoxville? If you ask Aaron Murray, who played quarterback at Georgia while Pruitt was defensive coordinator, no.
“I don’t know if his personality is fit to be a head coach,” Murray said on 102.5 The Game yesterday. “As a head coach, there’s so many things that go into it. It’s not just going out there and coaching. You have to deal with front office. You’ve got to go talk with the president of the university. You have to deal with boosters. You have to deal with the offense, the defense. It’s not just going in there … and scheming up.”
Murray went on to say he didn’t like the way Pruitt treated former Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
“When he was at Georgia, the way he acted, the way he treated Coach Richt, I thought was poor. He needs to prove to me that he can handle the whole ship. For right now, I don’t think he can.”
Ouch. Pruitt defended himself this morning at SEC Media Days.
“I don’t really know Aaron, but I had a lot of respect for him as a player” Pruitt said, via Wes Rucker. “But I will say I was a kindergarten coach 15 years ago, and now I’m the head coach at Tennessee. That don’t happen if you don’t treat people well.”
Paul Finebaum came to Pruitt’s defense this morning on the SEC Network.
“I know Aaron, he’s a nice guy, but I don’t give two rips about what he thinks about Jeremy Pruitt,” Finebaum said, via Saturday Down South. “(Pruitt) rubbed everyone the wrong way because the culture at Georgia was laissez-faire. ‘We lost a game, what kind of wine do you guys want?’ So, Aaron Murray, go do whatever you’re doing right now, I don’t care. Your voice is not relevant when it comes to Jeremy Pruitt.”
Finebaum not holding back! I can’t wait to hear what the Georgia callers think of that later this afternoon.