No. 4) Tennessee hires Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt
Like Jeremy Pruitt said, let’s move forward and not worry about what’s happened in the past, okay?
Pruitt’s background is impressive — a long-time defensive assistant under Nick Saban who then had successful stints as a defensive coordinator at Florida State, Georgia, and currently, Alabama. He has four championship rings, was one second away from winning a fifth, and is currently in position to get another crack at No. 5.
Obviously, having zero head coaching experience heading into a job of Tennessee’s magnitude is a massive question mark. The Vols are in no position to compete for an SEC championship next season based on their personnel and schedule, so holding any high expectations is simply foolish.
Instead, we should look at Pruitt’s first season as a set of experiments. He’ll tinker with schemes both offensive and defensively, but more importantly, Pruitt will set the foundation for a new culture in Knoxville, which is desperately needed after the previous regime.