ATHENS — Tennessee’s troubles are drawing a myriad of responses from around the SEC, from at least one coaching staff, to media and certainly fans on social media.
The firing of Coach Jeremy Pruitt amid what the UT chancellor referred to as “stunning” and “shocking” numbers of incidents and people involved — 10 were fired — has caught everyone’s attention.
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The UGA win snapped what had been the FBS ranks’ longest Power 5 win streak at eight games and sent the Vols into a tailspin. Pruitt was furious with his team and let them know in harsh verbal terms, per the parent of a player on the team.
The Tennessee team spirit crumbled. The Vols’ players were suddenly tentative and afraid to make a mistake, lest they draw Pruitt’s fiery ire on the sideline with cameras zoomed in.
A 34-7 loss to Kentucky ensued, and the once supportive VolTwitter began to turn on Pruitt and his staff, suspecting that a change could be needed.
Unbeknownst to them and most everyone else, the beginning of the end was underway even before the fifth and sixth losses to Auburn and Florida amid the team’s plunge.
The Tennessee chancellor revealed that her office had received a tip of wrongdoing on Nov. 19, and immediately, the school took action with its legal counsel.