Following an abysmal start to the season that includes embarrassing back-to-back losses to Georgia State and BYU, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt used quite the analogy to describe the current state of the football program.
Instead of taking an optimistic approach, Pruitt compared the Volunteers to a fairly famous movie involving a sinking ship.
“I think ‘Titanic’ came out maybe when I was in college,” Pruitt said in an appearance at the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday afternoon, via Knox News. “When the boat starts going down, remember all those mice running to the top, right? We have had a few that’s left our program, but you will figure out who wants to be a Tennessee Vol and who don’t.”
He didn’t mention the “mice” by name, but after several offseason departures, defensive back Terrell Bailey and wide receiver Jordan Murphy both decided to leave the program following Tennessee’s season-opening loss against Georgia State.
“I can tell you this: I want to [find out who wants to be here]. I know the standards and expectations that we have and the men on our staff and the character that we have. You will see the best of the players at Tennessee throughout the year.”
In Pruitt’s eyes, the team’s laughable start to the season is behind them and they are ready to move forward. After all, the Tennessee head coach believes the Volunteers have a “very high ceiling” and can finish the year with success.
“The way I look at this, the last two weeks are over with,” Pruitt said on Monday. “We had 60 minutes to change the last two Saturdays at Neyland Stadium. We have to move forward. Did we improve the first week to the second week? Absolutely. We have to continue to do that because we have a young, inexperienced football team. We have a very high ceiling and we are not there yet — a very high ceiling. We are going to continue to improve and get better. We have lots of opportunities this season. It will be on us to create those opportunities.”
I’m not sure if Pruitt managed to get through all three hours and 15 minutes of the Leonardo DiCaprio classic, but spoiler alert: the Titantic sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
And oddly enough, the individuals who made an effort to get off the ship first actually survived, while those who stuck around died.
So… not the best analogy, coach.
Tennessee will look to pick up their first victory of the season against Chattanooga this weekend before they take on Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, and South Carolina in consecutive weeks.