DESTIN, Fla. — Jeremy Pruitt didn’t take the coaching job at Tennessee expecting anyone to help him, a point accentuated by his peers on Tuesday.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, like Pruitt a Nick Saban disciple, was the first coach to speak formally to the media at the SEC spring meetings and cracked that he wasn’t about to give Pruitt any assistance at Tennessee.
“He’ll be all right,” said Muschamp when asked by SEC Country what advice he would give Pruitt as a first-year head coach. “I’m not going to give him any advice.”
Pruitt, the final football coach to meet with the media, quipped that it seems to be a trend.
“What’s interesting is when I look around, I have a bunch of friends in this profession that are sitting around the tables with me,” Pruitt said, “but none of them have offered any help.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart said he doesn’t need to give Pruitt or any other first-time coach advice on what to expect in the SEC.
“It’s tough, it’s competitive. I don’t think anybody that’s a new head coach in this league doesn’t already know what they stepped into,” Smart said Tuesday. “It’s tough recruiting in this league, it’s really competitive on the field.
“It speaks for itself — I’m not here to give advice to anyone that’s a first-time head coach in the league.”
Pruitt said he has plenty of places to turn to for advice, including his College Football Hall of Fame athletic director.
“I think we’ve hired a really good staff, guys I’ve been fortunate to work with before,” said Pruitt when asked who he’s likely to lean on. “And then also Coach [Phillip] Fulmer, and I can go back to the men I played for as a player and worked for.”