Kirby Smart fires back at Jeremy Pruitt after being called out over golf game
Looks like we got some beef between two SEC East coaches, as Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt we’re calling each other out. Not over their teams or the Cade Mays transfer decision. The two were talking about each other’s golf game.
Pruitt got things started first on Thursday when speaking with the media. The questions of competitive advantages with SEC coaches came up and Pruitt called out Smart’s golf game.
“Every time I’ve played golf with Kirby Smart, he’s the only guy who always finds his ball in the woods — always,” Pruitt said according to Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Jeremy Pruitt talking competitive advantage with SEC coaches: "Every time I've played golf with Kirby Smart, he's the only guy who always finds his ball in the woods — always."
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) September 10, 2020
Smart then fired back a few hours later, tweeting out that he doesn’t play with golfers who have 25+ handicap.
For the record – I don’t play golf with 25+ handicap golfers
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) September 11, 2020
Smart and Pruitt have spent a number of years together working together on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, so this is could just be some playful ribbing by both coaches. Smart took over as the head coach at Georgia in 2016, and Pruitt took his old post as the defensive coordinator at Alabama.
Since arriving at Tennessee after the 2017 season, Pruitt has added a number of Georgia elements to the Tennessee program. Pruitt has hired Georgia assistants such as Kevin Sherrer and former Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
Then in January of this year, Mays announced his transfer to Tennessee in what has become a very contentious discussion between the two fan bases. The NCAA though ruled that Mays will not be eligible for the season, though the Volunteers are appealing the decision.
Georgia and Tennessee play each other on Oct. 10 this season in Athens, Ga., the third game of the season for both teams. Georgia has won the past two matchups with Pruitt, including a 43-14 win last season in Knoxville.
Hopefully in the offseason, Smart and Pruitt see each other on the golf course and can settle who is the better golfer between the two.
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