KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee introduced new coach Jeremy Pruitt on Thursday night, and he immediately got to work after his introductory news conference.
Pruitt didn’t seem afraid of stepping into an SEC job for his first gig as a head coach. He sounded as if he had been preparing for this moment his entire life.
“My goal is five years from now when I stand back up here, is for everyone to still be this excited,” Pruitt said. “That’s my goal. I’m challenging everybody who is associated with this university. Let’s get our hands out of our pockets. Let’s roll our sleeves up. Let’s get ready to get in the streets with everyone else in the SEC.
“That’s what we have to do to be successful. If we want to get what we want, we have to outwork everyone.”
Pruitt said he expects to win every game he coaches at Tennessee. To play at such a level he must raise the talent bar for the Vols. That process has begun.
Pruitt offered five scholarships Thursday night. Each prospect could potentially be a difference maker with the Vols in the coming seasons.
The 43-year-old said Pruitt said his coaching staff will be in the mix for some of the best players in the country. He seems to be delivering on the statement already.
WMNL’s Josh Ward breaks down Pruitt’s news conference and the early makings of his coaching staff in today’s podcast.