Tennessee football fans need to back off and find something else to do while Jeremy Pruitt searches for a new offensive coordinator. Do you remember just one year ago when Tennessee was the laughing stock of college football in its search for a new head coach? It's beginning to approach that same sense of insanity now as Coach Pruitt searches for a new offensive coordinator to replace Tyson Helton who was let go at the end of the 2018 season.
Fanatics are bringing up names of prospective candidates as if Coach Pruitt is actually listening to them. Trooper Taylor, Randy Sanders, Kendal Briles, Hugh Freeze and the list goes on and on.
These same fanatics are so worried about what will happen to the Vols' recruiting efforts in the early signing period, they are acting as Pruitt's supervisor warning him that all is lost if a new OC is not in place when the period begins on December 19th.
Jeremy Pruitt has been around the game long enough to understand how recruiting works, and so far he doesn't seem to be a bit concerned about getting a new guy in place until the end of the year and maybe after the beginning of 2019. Some of those fans have even speculated that he's waiting on a coach who's current team is in the college football post season and he has to wait until all the games have been played to announce the hiring. If that's the case, fine. If it's not the case, that's fine too.
I know that Tennessee fans are starving for a winner. A team that will win eight games or more every single season. A team that will occasionally win ten games and challenge for an SEC championship and even make the college football playoffs every now and then. That will come eventually, but all fans need to be patient and let it happen. Trust Coach Pruitt and his staff to get it done and trust Coach Phillip Fulmer to keep and eye on things and advise Pruitt when he needs it. Fans do not need to advise or speculate right now.
I know some fans are so jealous of what Alabama has done lately they can't see straight. But believe me, Tennessee nor any other SEC team will ever approach the run Alabama has had in the last ten years. That's a fact. So, let's all be patient and let the Volunteers do their thing. And by the way, did you know the basketball Vols are ranked third in the country?
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Randy Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org