Oh boy! so when they fire Pruitt next season we got the old fart Steele to take the job I mean it makes sense Phil almost hired him before he hired Pruitt. Tennessee football is dead and buried but at least my fall Saturdays are free.
Or he was allowed to hire him with the trust that steele could be a stabilizer if Pruitt was fired. I could see that. Steele could step in if Pruitt is gone and at least try to hold it together until another coach could be hired.
I think that's what this is. Defensive assistant and also a contingency plan so that the university isnt left high and dry if Pruitt is found at fault and fired. They realize they may have to wait longer to fire him and want someone who will be there regardless. I actually think this is good move. They can say that Pruitt hired him. But I think that theres a plan here.
I think they have to say this was a Pruitt hire otherwise everyone knows it’s over right? I don’t read much into that. Pruitt is still the coach until he isn’t and we need to keep players from jumping into the transfer portal or recruits leaving thinking things are not stable